In Forceville (2006a), the implications of this schema for three autobiographical travel documentaries by Johan van der Keuken, Ross McElwee, and Frank Cole were examined. In the chapter proposed here we will investigate how the possible interpretations of two closely related travel documentaries by Agnès Varda are both constrained and enriched by the S-P-G schema. One of the challenging factors in Varda’s films is that, contrary to those by van der Keuken, McElwee, and Cole, coincidence and happenstance are crucial themes, evoking the question whether a quest guided by chance is not a contradictio in terminis.
The broader interest of this chapter is in the claim by Lakoff & Johnson (1980, 1999) that we think metaphorically, and do so systematically, by considering the multimodal discourse of film. After all, if Lakoff and Johnson are right, metaphors and other blends (Fauconnier & Turner 2002) should be demonstrable in non-verbal and multimodal representations and discourses (Forceville 1996, 1999, 2005, 2006b, Forceville & Urios-Aparisi,2009) no less than in the verbal ones that have dominated the Cognitive Metaphor Theory paradigm. Investigating non-verbal and multimodal manifestations of conceptual metaphors is crucial for uncovering aspects of such metaphors that are specific for the pictorial or sonic mode and that do not necessarily surface in language.
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