Film Studies 1020E Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Vertical Integration, Celluloid, Studio System

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The way that we make meaning is not by what things are but what things are not. We know what a chair is not by the properties of which that makes it a chair but that it is not a table or a bird. Further up" the levels of abstraction brings us to the construction of covert or symbolic meanings or themes". Meaning at this level is taken to be implied or spoken" indirectly. Consistent with referential and explicit meaning though it could contradict those if the referential and explicit meanings are taken to be ironic. Less obvious but can still be inferred by seeing how the characters change, grow, and develop throughout the course of the film. The spectator assigns an abstract conceptual meaning, or point", to the diegesis and fabula they have constructed, and this point may be validated by specific textual cues. Film is deemed to have something to say.

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