Actors and mise en scene

Mise en scene encompasses the role of the actors in a film, their physical positioning and movements within the frame, as well as the different styles and types of acting (Goodykoontz, 2014). Actors bring the characters to life, who are within a story portrayed through the plot. Actors simply act, and collaborate with the director.

Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (‘Hunk’, Scarecrow), Frank Morgan (Professor Marvel, The Wizard of Oz, The Gatekeeper, The Carriage Driver, The Guard). I believe the classification of these actors is Personality Actor. With the possibility of Frank Morgan being a Character Actor.

Personality Actors-Acting depends heavily on a strong personality and at some level, playing themselves (or at least that is the perception). Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, and Frank Morgan all convey strong personality through their bringing to life, of the character they are playing. These characters require such an over the top appearance, and life about them, these actors must be able to be strong in their portrayal-facial expressions, voice, body movements, and personal touches they incorporate within the character. Frank Morgan may be classified as a Character Actor due to his multiple character roles in “The Wizard of Oz” and even myself did not recognize him as a few of his roles, and was a popular actor before his multiple roles alongside Judy, Ray, and many others. These actors with their strong personality abilities, they also instill a type of acting-Stylized Acting, when actors and directors want to call attention to the fact that the actors are in fact acting, drawing attention to themselves, being intentionally unrealistic (Goodykoontz, 2014). Obviously through their mannerisms, their facial expressions, and over the top portrayal of fantasy beings in Oz, their characters are given the up most effect of unrealistic, strong in their role.

Judy Garland, who plays Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz“, is a personality actor that does not go outside of classification. She is cast in films as an actor with a strong personality, and within musicals. She even lost lead roles to other women in a few films, because of her personal life affecting her ability to be a strong personality, and what it took to portray the character they needed. Goes to show, if you did not have what they needed you to have, you could not do the part, there is nothing wrong with being classified as a certain type of actor, but it could limit the amount of films in, and cast-worthy of.


Goodykoontz, B. & Jacobs C. P. (2014). Film:From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.


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