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Elmnaz Shahbali

Elmnaz Shahbali Gargari


Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Nell

Project: Semiotization of visual art in contemporary cinema

Elmnaz Shahbali is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School “Society and  Culture in Motion” and at the School of Philology, Communication Studies and Music of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.


This  study addresses subjectivities in narrative cinema and the visual elements utilized to construct it. The visibility  or subjectivity of the characters in mainstream cinema has always relied on cinematic techniques. Given the history of character representations in mainstream cinema, this study relies on cinematic aesthetics and  techniques and Edward Branigan’s theories of subjectivities to answer the following questions:  How does twenty-first-century mainstream cinema construct and portray  characters' subjectivities within the visual cinematic spaces? What is  the role of the camera in framing these subjective images?