Removal (main project)

Preliminary Exercise

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Phonebooth - A Barthes Analysis

Enigma Code:

  • Phones play a big part. Why?
  • Why will the man use the phone booth?
  • Who is the girl he calls?
  • Who is the mysterious caller? (made more mysterious by the fact that there were pictures of the other callers, but not of him)
Action Code:
  • Walks down the street - To get somewhere he has to be.
  • Walks into phone booth - To call someone.
  • Took off wedding ring - Felt guilty about affair.
Semiotic Code:
  • Office buildings = Urban setting. Business.
  • Fast music = Hectic lifestyle.
  • Fast walking = Busy people.
  • Dense population = Urban. Poor.
  • Cheap clothes = Poor area.
  • Suits = Business.
Cultural Code:
  • Facts about phones and mobiles in New York.
  • Neon signs.
  • USA flag.
  • "Welcome To New York" on T-Shirt.
Symbolic Code:
  • Satellite = Communication. Electronic. Sci-Fi. Space. Phones.
  • Blue camera filter = Police. Thriller.
  • Wedding ring = Married.
  • Removal of wedding ring = Troubled marriage.
  • Phones = Communication. Technology.
  • Dark glasses = Important. Bad.

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