Metaphors in Buster Keaton's short films
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Image and narrative online magazine of the visual narrative
, p. 133-147
University of Antwerp
This article seeks to address the topic of metaphor in relation to the nineteen two-reel short films Buster Keaton made between 1920 and 1923. These films are characterized by a comedy of aesthetics and kinetics whereby the themes come across primarily visually through aspects of film style and Keaton's body as opposed to narrative. It is our claim that within these confinements of the imagery metaphor plays a crucial role in transferring thought and thematic meaning. In demonstrating this claim we shall fall back on recent developments within metaphor studies, in particular Forcevilles newly introduced concept of multimodal metaphor which shall allow us to grasp the significant role of the body in identifying metaphor.