Mephisto was definitely a long movie. In my opinion, I liked it the least of all our movies. I want to analyze the scene in the movie where it shows a passage of time as he moves from costume to costume and role to role. This scene was interesting to me so I thought I would pick it to bits and pieces.
First, the scene shows him in a show. He is the main character and therefore under the spotlight. The lighting is always on his face to show his expressions. It is also dark around him and there is contrast as the deep shadows are behind him. Most of the scenes have a black backdrop that emphasizes the center, which is him.
The costuming is always different depending on the role. I noticed that each costume has a little bit of black, and I have not really seen Hendrick without any black in his outfit. This might signify that he is a little dirtied, or there is something about him that cannot be covered no matter what. In most of the shots also, he is holding the same smug looking face. This seems to allow him to remain the same character and you can see his confidence over the time span that this scene is accelerating.
As far as the shots go, the editing is quite harmonious. The shots are very straight forward and the camera actually follows the main character’s movements sort of like a person watching a show. He is always coming out of something like doors or curtains as transitions also.
There is not much to the scene as it was very short, but it did catch my attention near the beginning. To be honest, I really did enjoy the ending as you realize that he was a puppet instead of gaining all the power he has bragged about. The movie was interesting, but I think I am good with watching it only once.