Can you name a few films in which you thought symbolism was used effectively?
Was there a film that "woke" you to the language of visual symbols in film?
Rosebud springs to mind, of course, from Citizen Kane. What did it represent?
The mountain in Picnic at Hanging Rock - the allure of mystery, sensual experience, sex, nature.
The ice-maker in The Mosquito Coast - man's ambition and ego.
In Punch-drunk Love, I think Barry Egan's harmonium is a wonderful thing. It seems so arbitrary at first, but later it comes to suggest things about Barry, about brokenness, and about grace.
And I wonder if that was inspired by Jane Campion's The Piano, and how the instrument came to represent Ada.
The New World is so full of powerful metaphors, it's hard to know what's metaphor and what's not.
Puppets become metaphors in The Double Life of Veronique and Being John Malkovich.
I love how Damiel has to give up the "armor" or detachment in Wings of Desire, and begins to engage with life.
The ship becomes a symbol of Steve Zissou's search for fulfillment in The Life Aquatic.
Edited by Jeffrey Overstreet, 04 May 2006 - 11:02 AM.