By Robert W. Sullivan IV

Have you questioned why 007 is James Bond's numerical designation? Or the place the identify Luke Skywalker comes from? How approximately all these substantial faces that cross judgment on common Zod and his lieutenants firstly of 1978's Superman? What's at the back of the symbolism of all these mirrors in Black Swan?

Cinema Symbolism: A advisor to Esoteric Imagery in well known video clips solutions those questions; it truly is approximately occult, numerological, astrological, mythological, alchemical, Tarot, and kabbalistic iconography and symbolism contained inside renowned videos. motion pictures analyzed contain The Exorcist, again to the long run, megastar Wars (Episodes I-VI), The Lord of the jewelry, The Wizard of ounces, Black Swan, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the James Bond videos, and The Matrix between many others.

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Its action is already farcically swift in Shakespeare; its characters, except for Nick Bottom, have no psychology to speak of (indeed their lack of individuality is a running joke behind the transpositions of the four bewitched lovers’ affections); and it is filled with magical transformations well suited to the technology available in 1909. Although the film cuts Shakespeare’s final act, including the mechanicals’ staging of the tedious brief scene of Pyramus and Thisby, it magically introduces Penelope (the friend of Titania who mysteriously stands in for the quarrelsome Oberon) and Puck through the miracle of stop-motion photography, shows Puck circling an unrealistically cylindrical but readily recognizable globe, instantaneously endows Bottom with an ass’s head onscreen, and incidentally has no trouble dramatizing Helen and Hermia’s fight over Demetrius, even though neither contestant is given any words.

In confronting a virginal but enterprising heroine with a series of adventures, they bring into conflict the worlds of familiar domestic experience and exotic melodrama. ”25 The Beloved Adventurer, whose title neatly encapsulates its attempt to link small-scale intimacy with large-scale impressiveness, was, like most serials, based on a literary source—in this case, a series of stories by Emmett Campbell Hall—but one released in book form at the same time as the films, in an early example of a marketing synergy that would become as enduring an intertextual model as fidelity.

Instead of expanding an audience’s world by recording an exotic locale or activity, short subjects can borrow the cachet of respectability by filming duly sanctified subjects. Zukor’s four-reel Queen Elizabeth (1912) was successful and influential not only because it was long but because it introduced so many viewers to historical pageantry and Sarah Bernhardt. Cinema could achieve a similar sense of cultural enlargement on a briefer scale by presenting some famous person—Thomas Edison at work in his laboratory, President Coolidge 34 Film Adaptation and Its Discontents or George Bernard Shaw talking to the camera—or an opera like Griffith’s onereel condensation of Rigoletto as A Fool’s Revenge (Biograph, 1909) or a ballet like Martha Graham’s The Flute of Krishna (Kodak, 1926).

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