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ERIC Number: ED096715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 12
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Symbolism in the Feature Film.
Bakony, Edward
A study of symbolism in feature films reveals how the symbolism employed by film makers can serve as a bridge between feeling and thought, and between aesthetics and cognition. What individuals read from and learn through a symbol varies with what they bring to it. The filmmaker's symbolims must be universal and not private. However, symbolism in a film can be so subtle that the audience may be unaware of its existence. A symbol arises when an image is surrounded by a complex of conscious and unconscious associations. Its impact depends on its cultural context. Film directors integrate symbols with theme, character, and predicament. Ingmar Bergman uses water repeatedly throughout such films as "Winter Light" where the rushing, sparkling stream contrasts with the still body of a man who has killed himself. Directors are increasingly aware of the symbolic properties of color. We must bring to the study of symbols aesthetic experience in the form of viewing significant films, rich in symbolism, together with wide exposure to the humanities and social sciences. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the University Film Association Conference (Windsor, Ontario, August 1974)