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Robert Sullivan on the Importance of Cinema Symbolism


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“Robert Sullivan on the Importance of Cinema Symbolism

Hosted by: Nicholas Upchurch


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  • itsjustme

    As an English major, I have a deep love for symbolism. We never got to touch much on esoteric symbolism, especially in cinema, so this was a particularly fascinating video. It’s interesting that he describes this symbolism as needing no speculation, as most I’ve encountered couldn’t be described that way. Of course, this is understandable given the context. Very interesting video!

  • BookLover

    Well, they don’t need speculation if you’re in the “know” with these esoteric kinds of symbols. You might not consider the symbolism you studied esoteric because they’re so ingrained in your knowledge now, making your forget it’s not necessarily common knowledge. That being said, I do think it’s a whole different world when you look at cinema symbolism. It’s so concrete and deliberate. I’m only now realizing how much of this I might be missing out on, like when Robert was talking about the Wizard of Oz, I never knew there were all of those different kinds of symbols. I’m most intrigued.