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Learning Objectives AO2 Apply knowledge and Identify key term: understanding, including some of the common Themes critical approaches that characterise the Motifs Analyse the use of subject, when exploring Symbols symbols in key and analysing films to scenes show how meanings and responses are generated.Research the use of Themes, Motifs & Symbolsin Vertigo and create one eight of a film studieslesson to be taught next week
Themes in VertigoWrite down your own definition of the followingterms: • Themes The main subject or idea in a piece of writing, art or film etc... • Motifs Recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices thatcan help to develop and inform the text’s major themes • Symbols A thing that represents or stands for something elsee.g. A material object representing something abstract
Themes in VertigoIn your hand outs make a list of the key Themes,Motifs and Symbols present within Vertigo Themes Motifs Symbols• Death as both frightening and attractive •Sequoia Trees •The illusion of ‘Romantic •Tunnels and corridors •Green Love’ •Bouquets of flowers • The Bell Tower • Male Identity •Spirals • Falling • Double Identities • Madeleine Clothes • The Grave • Power & Freedom • Obsession with death • Rescue Fantasy • Fetishism
Themes, Motifs & SymbolsDuring Scottie’s pursuit of Madeleine they visit aforest of Sequoia treesDuring this scene we see Scottie’s final attempt toreturn Madeleine to a healthy worldviewWatch the following extract and complete an in-depth analysis of the scenes micro elements and the ‘symbolism’ contained with the scene
Sequoia treesDuring this scene Scottie tells Madeleine that the tree’sscientific name means: “Always green, ever living”making explicit the idea that Sequoia tree’s symbolise lifein the filmThey also remind Madeleine of her own mortalityShe States “I don’t like it, knowing I have to die”As Scottie and Madeleine look at the cross-section of thedead tree, it is suggested that the tree would have goneon living if not for the intervention of a humanShe is simultaneously afraid of dying and afraid ofembracing life – she runs away feeling alienated with lifeand wanting to die
Themes, Motifs & SymbolsThe colour GREEN is a reoccurring motif throughoutVertigoThe colour green appears frequently, typically inassociation with death, obsession and the un-naturalThe first time Scottie’s sees Madeleine she stands outfrom the rest of the restaurant patrons because of herbright green stole – giving her a startling andsomewhat unsettling appearanceA motif carried on throughout the film What do you think of the use of Green during the forest scene?
Researching VertigoUsing the table from earlier you are to pick • One Theme • One Motif • One SymbolAnd analyse their use in VertigoYou should pick key scenes, analyse them and create a short presentationdetailing your findingsYou must also include theory and information you have research!REMEMEBER: the study of Vertigo is a cottage-industry ! If it’s in Vertigo is hasbeen written about and placed on line! Find other peoples work and USE IT to INFORM YOUR OWN OPINIONS! Your lessons will be used to teach the class next week!
Themes, Motifs & SymbolsThe colour GREEN is a reoccurring motif throughoutVertigoThe colour green appears frequently, typically inassociation with death, obsession and the un-naturalWhen we first see Madeleine at Ernieshttp://www.slideshare.net/wavemaiden/vertigo-3807380