I am due to give a short lecture on Misc en Scene soon. My film school
recognition of this was that my teachers made too much out of something
simple. However later in graduate school I remembering having a more refined
idea that Misc en Scene had more to do with control of focus. I thought my
peers were confused in their understanding. However I can't remember if I
pick this up in readings or independently just created my own interpretation
Now that I must speak on it I am going back and reading. When I picked up
Film Art (Bordwell) it seems his explanation was more in line with making
simple more convoluted and he does not address much on focus.
It seems as simple as everything in the shot is Misc en Scene (he also
included music and things not seen).
However my memory has more to do with depth and controlling where the viewer
focuses, as this being Misc en Scene.
Perhaps you can lend your ideas of interpretation. I am eager to hear
interpretations and perhaps contemporary (accessible video) example of
specific elements, color, lines, space, blocking, etc.
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu