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.

1 comment:

  1. and i am one of the privileged few who have heard such illustrations directly from the great "bada shu"