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November 29, 2009
Figures of Cinema Speech: Zoomorphism
This new series, beginning with this post, would focus on how the Figures of Speech of the English language have been used in Cinema to enhance its connotative expression. I would try to keep the posts of this series as brief as possible.
Zoomorphism is a Figure of Speech that applies animal characteristics to humans. Charles Chaplin's Modern Times (1936) begins with a shot of a flock of sheep that dissolves to a shot of a crowd of working class men emerging from a subway. The connotation is obvious.