For this week’s assignment, I chose the rotating hallway/floating elevator scene in Inception. This scene utilizes editing and cuts in a very unique way. Through Nolan’s direction, we are able to see what is happening on both levels of the dream world.
The cuts emphasize the movie time, which is unique from pretty much any movie time portrayed in any other film. Every time something happens in the raining city, it affects the reality in the hotel. The editing is done in such a way that we see everything happening in montage form. There isn’t too much mis-en-scene used because that wouldn’t be efficient use of screen time. If mis-en-scene were used exclusively at this point of the movie, it would be almost impossible to follow the relationship between the two dream layers.
Some more spectacular editing is evident in the actual rotating hallway scene. Christopher Nolan is famous for not using greenscreen technology to capture the effects in this movie, and this scene is no exception. This scene has less cuts and creates suspense in the mis-en-scene.