SEMIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF THE FILM AMARCORD

Abstract

Author(s): Pelin AGOCUK

The cinema is a tool and medium that produces meaning through a succession of moving images. Stories formed by the combination of visual and auditory elements are able to create a language with their own signs. These signs and the objects defined by them are in a semantic relationship with one another. Through its signs, the cinema uses a language that on one hand acts as a reflection of reality through denotation, while acting on the other hand as a means for describing imaginary elements and unseen truths through the depiction of real elements.

In this study based on Roland Barthes’ interpretation method and on Saussure’s notion on signs, we have focused on the semiology of the cinema. In this context, we performed according to Barthes’ interpretation method and Saussure’s concept on signs an analysis of the film “Amarcord,” a 1973 French and Italian co-production directed by Federico Fellini. In this context, we selected certain sequences of this film and attempted to analyze and interpret the meanings that their signs produced and conveyed. The aim of this study was to describe the relationship between semiology and cinema, and to thus provide an example of semiological film analysis.

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