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In a drama, a subdivision of an act or of a play not divided into acts. A scene normally represents actions happening in one place at one time, and is marked off from the next scene by a ...

Scene

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

... Many expressions with this word allude to the theatre and to the action of the players on or off the stage. Behind the scenes See under behind . Change of scene, A See under change . Come on the scene, To To arrive; to appear. Quit the scene, To To die. Set scene, A See under set . Set the scene, To See under set...

scene

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Ronald W. Vince

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
119 words

... A unit of segmentation in drama , normally involving a change in the configuration of characters on stage. A partial change is marked by exit or entrance: so long as at least one character continues into the next scene, there is a liaison des scènes , common in French neoclassical theatre. A total change is marked by the exit of one complete set of characters and the entrance of another (considered an act change in seventeenth-century France). A total change in character configuration accompanied by a change in setting or time may signal either a...

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A Dictionary of Film Studies

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
272 words

... ( SC ) 1. A unified action within a film that carries the plot forward, unfolding events in the story and providing new information. A scene is normally set in one location and in a single period of time, and may comprise a single shot or a series of shots; a sequence normally comprises several scenes. 2. The physical setting or location of a particular action. While a film script will identify a scene (‘the office scene’, say) as occurring at a particular location (INT. OFFICE—DAY), in an actual film a scene may be defined either by its...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... In a drama, a subdivision of an act or of a play not divided into acts. A scene normally represents actions happening in one place at one time, and is marked off from the next scene by a curtain, a black-out, or a brief emptying of the stage. In the study of narrative works, ‘scene’ is also the name given to a ‘dramatic’ method of narration that presents events at roughly the same pace as that at which they are supposed to be occurring, i.e. usually in detail and with substantial use of dialogue . In this sense the scenic narrative method is contrasted...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
73 words

... 1. The physical location and setting of an incident in real life or fiction . 2. In a narrative , a sequence of actions in a single location and a single period of time; one of a series which together constitute the plot . Traditionally, in drama , a subdivision of an act. 3. In Burke’s dramaturgical theory, the context of an act: where and when it takes place. ...

Nechta Scéne

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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Current Version:
2004

...Scéne . Variant spelling of Nechtan Scéne...

scene integrity

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A Dictionary of Forensic Science

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Science and technology, Law
Length:
68 words

... integrity ( crime scene integrity ) The degree to which a crime scene has been protected and preserved in the state that it was when the crime occurred. Steps taken to preserve the integrity of a scene include establishing a perimeter and limiting access. Because the integrity of the scene degrades naturally over time, processing is undertaken as quickly as is feasible and appropriate to the...

Nechtan Scéne

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004

...Scéne , Nechta Scéne , Nechtan Scéine . . The three warriors known as the sons of Nechtan Scéne, Fannell, Foill, and Tuchell, had murdered half as many Ulstermen as there were living before they met Cúchulainn in his very first combat. He used the spear Del Chliss of Nechtan (1) to dispatch...

ombra scene

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
54 words

...ombra scene . In early opera, a scene set in the underworld, where a ghost, or ‘shade’ (It.: ombra ), is conjured up. Though originating in 17th-century opera, and a regular feature of operas on the Orpheus myth, the effect has proved tenacious; among the most celebrated ombra scenes are those in Berlioz's Les Troyens...

primal scene

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...scene n . In psychoanalysis , the spectacle of intercourse between one's parents. See primal fantasy , Wolf Man...

crime scene

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A Dictionary of Forensic Science

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Science and technology, Law
Length:
185 words

...scene The location at which a crime occurred. This can be as small as a room or a car or much more complex and some complex crimes may have more than one scene. For example, if a person is killed in an apartment and then their body is transported in a car and then buried in a remote location, there are three scenes. The death scene is the primary crime scene, the car a secondary scene, and the burial site a tertiary scene. There is no one set way to process a crime scene but typically any scene is first secured and then documented via photography, video,...

Transformation Scene

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
229 words

...sheet); by the Fan Effect , in which sectors of the back scene, pivoting centrally at the foot of the scene, sank sideways upon each other like collapsing fans, revealing a new scene behind; or by placing rolls of painted canvas like columns across the stage, with lines top and bottom, which when pulled drew the new scene across the old. Various traps were used to enhance the illusion. With the advent of more sophisticated lighting the usual method of effecting a transformation scene became the transparency, which when lit from the front was as...

Carpenter's Scene

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
57 words

...Scene , insertion into a pantomime or spectacular musical comedy , played in front of a backcloth while elaborate scenery is set up behind out of sight of the audience. In Victorian times it was used also in serious plays, but was no longer needed when the practice of dropping the front curtain between scene changes became...

Inber Scéne

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004

...Scéne , Inber Scénae . . Perhaps imaginary place-name in south Kerry , named for Scéne, wife of the poet Amairgin (1) , sometimes identified with the mouth of the Kenmare River. Some commentators link it with the Shannon , on the testimony of early Spanish cleric Orosius ( Historia , ad 417...

Street Scene

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
32 words

...Street Scene . American opera in two acts by Weill to a libretto by Elmer Rice after his own play ( 1929 ), with lyrics by Langston Hughes and Rice (Philadelphia, 1946...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music
Length:
38 words

...Scene Opera in 2 acts by Weill to lib. by Elmer Rice after his own play with lyrics by Langston Hughes and Rice . Comp. 1946 . Prod. Philadelphia 1946 , NY 1947 , London 1983 (semi‐staged), London 1987 , ENO 1989...

primal scene

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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Current Version:
2010

...scene ( Urszene ) In psychoanalysis , the child's first witnessing of its parents having sexual intercourse. The child makes a threefold interpretation of the act, according to Sigmund Freud : first, they interpret it as an act of aggression on the part of the father; second, while it excites them, it also induces fear of castration; third, the child assumes it is anal sex. Freud initially insisted that the primal scene was actual—that the child had to actually witness the event—but later came to realize that it could just as well be virtual, a figment...

primal scene

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018

...scene ( Urszene ) In psychoanalysis , the child’s first witnessing of its parents having sexual intercourse. The child makes a threefold interpretation of the act, according to Sigmund Freud : first, they interpret it as an act of aggression on the part of the father; second, while it excites them, it also induces fear of castration; third, the child assumes it is anal sex. Freud initially insisted that the primal scene was actual—that the child had to actually witness the event—but later came to realize that it could just as well be virtual, a...

Seldom Scene

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Charles K. Wolfe and Gregory N. Reish

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
433 words

...Connell on guitar. While Seldom Scene's status as experimentalists and pioneers has waned since the 1970s, the group's popularity and influence has persisted, and it is widely regarded as one of the major forces in the reshaping of bluegrass into a versatile and eclectic idiom. Bibliography D. Rhodes : “The Stability and Versatility of the Seldom Scene,” Bluegrass Unlimited , xv/1 (1980), 14–19 P. Parsons : “The Seldom Scene: All This and Fun, Too,” Bluegrass Unlimited , xxix/6 (1994), 16–29 B. Weintraub : “The Seldom Scene: Still Picking After All These...

scene shifting

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John Barnes

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
1,903 words

...that scene shifting was more than just a convenience—that it was, in fact, a part of what the theatre as a whole communicated to its audience—his perspective was rapidly applied to many other kinds of scene shifting. Unfortunately, what we actually know of scene shifting in more ancient theatres limits the amount of light that can be cast on them in this way. No hardware survives and we have no drawings or paintings of Greek periaktoi in use. We do not know if paintings were hung on each periakton (for an unlimited number of possible scenes), or...

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