Film Theory: Symmetry

The Accident (1967)

There is symmetry in sound: the film begins and ends with the echo of a crash.

The last scene ties together the feature’s plot and theme.

Citizen Kane (1941)

The “No Trespassing” sign appears in the beginning and end of the film.

The image only manages to increase the level of ambiguity: The sign reminds us that the meaning of Rosebud solves everything, and nothing.

I Confess (1951)

The film begins and ends with the killer’s confession.

The first scene time it is told in the dark, curtained confession booth (the only light comes from appointed shaft).

The last confession is told in broad daylight, at the ballroom stage of the hotel.

Stage Fright (1950)

The credits roll against a theatrical safety curtain, and in the end, the safety curtain fall upon Jonathan.

In both cases, Eve is the one who moves the action forward.