Metaphors

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Metaphors

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An important kind of metaphor is created when what is described or depicted in a film or video alludes to some circumstance or situation outside of the environment of the film. However effective a direct depiction of such a circumstance might be—a war movie, for example, or one about Armageddon—an indirect allusion to war or to the end of the world gives freer range to the viewer’s perceptions and imagination and thus has the potential to create an even more powerful effect. It is this type of metaphorical video that seems best suited to this group

“Metaphor (μεταφορά) ” is Greek in origin


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An important kind of metaphor is created when what is described or depicted in a film or video alludes to some circumstance or situation outside of the environment of the film. However effective a direct depiction of such a circumstance might be—a war movie, for example, or one about Armageddon—an indirect allusion to war or to the end of the world gives freer range to the viewer’s perceptions and imagination and thus has the potential to create an even more powerful effect. It is this type of metaphorical video that seems best suited to this group

“Metaphor (μεταφορά) ” is Greek in origin (and in Greek means "carry, bear, transfer"). Imagine my delight in getting off a bus many years ago in Volos, Greece, and hearing men shouting “MetaPHORay! MetaPHORay!” They had small, four-wheeled wagons and were offering to carry your baggage to a hotel or your next bus! I’m interested in video clips that carry some unspecified but important baggage to the attention of the perceptive viewer.

And some touchstones for what video clips should be like to fit in this group:

"My dear, what did he say to you?"

Beatriz had the word on the tip of her tongue, where she held it for a few seconds to savor its connotations.

"Metaphors."

(Antonio Skármeta's "Il Postino")

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The thought beneath so slight a film --
Is more distinctly seen --
As laces just reveal the surge --
Or mists -- the Apennine

(Emily Dickinson)

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A poem should not mean
But be.

(Archibald MacLeish)

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