Framing as a method of creating a film's metaphorical context

КОРОБКО Роман Вадимович


This essay continues the study of the semiotics and synergetics of Framing in the Art of Cinematography which substantiates the hypothesis that framing (perspective) constitutes one of the most important codes of screen communication in its cinematographic and metaphorical contexts. Thus, framing is represented by two hierarchical levels of representation of contextual semiotic connections: the connection between mise-en-cadre and mise-en-scène (the level of the cinematographic form of film sign); and the relationship between cinematographic imagery, action and meaning (the level of the cinema sign).

Framing consolidates the process of cinematography divided by the artistic and production dichotomy, which is especially important in the context of mass culture determined by the total industrialization of all areas of life, including cinema.

The essay is based on the statement of Sergei Eisenstein that each “high” film work has the unity of two dialectical categories: the content (abstract language, part of logical thinking) and the form (emotional language, part of emotional-sensory thinking). It identifies and analyzes the spatial-temporal and linear-tonal features of cinematic framing as a method of expressing the metaphorical existential context of the crisis of Russian self-identification, using as examples a number of expressive episodes of the documentary film Anna: 6–18 (1980-1993; dir. Nikita Mikhalkov, DOPs: Pavel Lebeshev, Vadim Yusov, Vadim Alisov, and Elizbar Karavaev). This film work is explored as a study of the socio-cultural situation in modern Russia undertaken from a multi-faceted and multi-level authorial perspective associated with expressive cinematographic framing.

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It is the case study of Anna: from 6 to 18, N. Mikhalkov’s art film (1980–1993). The article investigates the notion of ‘visual angle’ as the leading technique of representing the metaphorical process of the character’s self-identity. The author elicits the multi-aspect character of the filmmaker’s conception reflecting the modern Russian socio-cultural situation by means of framing and spatial, linear and temporal expressive techniques.


About the authors

Roman V. Korobko

Konstantin Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University

Author for correspondence.

Post-Graduate Student

Russian Federation


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