Film Theory: Allegory

Feb 6, 2022

Allegory: A symbolic method in which stylized characters and situations represent ideas such as justice, death, society. (Giannetti and Eyman)

It was a popular genre in German cinema.


Billy Budd

The Birds

Boy with Green Hair, The

High Noon

Hiroshima, Mon Amour

Lord of the Rings

The Piano

Seventh Seal, The

Swept Away

Woman in the Dunes

The Birds:

Allegory about sexual repression; the first attack prevents the couple from getting together.

Woman in the Dunes, by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Severe yet sensual movie about man and woman trapped in a sandpit

The ability to confine viewers in the filmmaker’s vision