RIP Peter Wollen: Godfather of Cinema Semiotics — 1938-2019

“Signs and Meaning in the Cinema” was the grad school textbook I got the most out of.

Iconic images freighted with symbolic meaning, layers of interpretation added to film beyond what dialogue, exposition and performance could carry — Wollen made it simple and obvious. Once he pointed out these extra layers, you couldn’t unsee them.

A genuine film scholar, one of the important ones.


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