Sparks Fly: Mediated gesture, affect, and mise en scène in CAROL

Jennifer M. Barker


This close reading of Todd Haynes’ film CAROL (USA, 2015) traces the ways in which the complexity of the relationship between the two lead characters is rendered through the material elements of the mise-en-scène, of the interplay of objects and gestures. It shows how these objects and gestures are not just “mere” metaphors for the romantic melodrama of two women but that they initiate affective movements that shape the emotional and sociohistorical complexity of their relationship.

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ISSN 2567-9309

mediaesthetics – Journal of Poetics of Audiovisual Images

Cinepoetics – Center for Advanced Film Studies