I was channel surfing the other day and landed on The Great Escape, a 1963 film directed by John Sturges. I couldn't help notice that this film illustrates the semiotic theory of iconic realism in that the audience perceives icons of both freedom and constraint through character representation of the Allied prisoners of WWII and the German Gestapo. As the film progresses with bucolic settings that also provide a perception of freedom, only to be constrained by the Nazi forces, the viewer becomes poignantly aware of freedom and its multiple forms of limitation. In the end, those characters who are still alive, question their need for physical freedom from the pow camp as they learn to appreciate their individual spiritual, intellectual and emotional autonomy.
- Dr. Jeanne Iris
- Current: Danbury, CT, United States
- Welcome! A few years ago, I discovered an application that artists employ in their works to bring cultural awareness to their audiences. Having discerned this semiotic theory that applies to literature, music, art, film, and the media, I have devoted the blog, "Theory of Iconic Realism" to explore this theory. The link to the publisher of my book is below. If you or your university would like a copy of this book for your library or if you would like to review it for a scholarly journal, please contact the Edwin Mellen Press at the link listed below. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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28 June, 2009
This song illustrates the semiotic theory of iconic realism. Here, Michael Jackson intellectually, visually and auditorily reaches into the consciousness and conscience of humanity by means of illustrating iconic features of industrialization and greed through the killing of animals, forest and human beings. He situates these features in realistic settings that are not a familiar sequence. By doing this, he illustrates the commonalities among humans around the earth and through this use of iconic realism, he brings the attention of his audience to the dilemma of stewardship of this planet, we call Earth.