One of three "signs" or metaphorical imagery used in film language. As an image, a sign presumes a sign(ifier) and that which is sign(ified) within the visual syntax of a film. A sign or visual image can be: 1) an Icon or an image that is what it is: a screaming face is horror; or 2) an Index, an image that suggests an inherent relationship: a wad of bills given to a prostitute; or 3) a Symbol, an image representing a meaning through convention: a flag symbolizes patriotism. Semantics, you say? Yes, film being a visual language is full of denotative and connotative images.
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