Film Theory: Settings as Microcosm of Society–Physical Milieu, Context

In film, settings includes the time, location, and everything in which a story takes place, and initiates the main backdrop and mood for a story.

Setting has been referred to as story world or milieu to include a context (especially society) beyond the immediate surroundings of the story.

Elements of setting may include culture, historical period, geography, and hour.

Along with plot, character, theme, and style, setting is considered one of the fundamental components of fiction.

A setting is the time, place and social environment in which a story takes place.

John Ford: Monument Valley

Film is a physical medium, where the setting is a crucial element in establishing the dramatic narrative and its characters.

However, sometimes, the setting of a film, no matter how particular, serves as a microcosm of the society at large at a given historical times.


High Noon

The Hospital

Lord of the Flies

Ship of Fools