Thursday, September 18, 2014

Robert W. Sullivan IV, Esq. | Cinema Symbolism: Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies

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S y n o p s i s 

Have you ever wondered why 007 is James Bond's numerical designation? Or where the name Luke Skywalker comes from? How about all those giant faces that pass judgment on General Zod and his lieutenants at the beginning of 1978's Superman? What's behind the symbolism of all those mirrors in Black Swan?

Cinema Symbolism: A Guide to Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies answers these questions; it is about occult, numerological, astrological, mythological, alchemical, Tarot, and kabbalistic iconography and symbolism contained within popular movies. Films analyzed include The Exorcist, Back to the Future, Star Wars (Episodes I-VI), The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, Black Swan, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the James Bond movies, The Matrix, among many others.

“The esoteric symbolism surrounding the Overlook Hotel is this: it represents the dark side of the United States of America. It is explained that the Overlook Hotel was “built over an Indian burial ground” just as the United States was established on what was once native Indian land; the establishment of the United States allegorically and literally “buried” the Indian Nations. Symbolizing the United States it is opulent; “Four Presidents, movie stars. ..All the best people,” have patronized the Overlook according the hotel’s manager Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson, 1917-2007). Likewise the specters that haunt the Overlook are extravagant and elegant yet demonic. Being the Overlook’s only inhabitants during the film - serving as its winter caretakers - the family of Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), his wife Winifred or Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and their son Danny (Danny Lloyd) are often seen wearing red, white, and blue clothing emblematizing the United States flag and American patriotism. There is an intentional overuse of red, white, and blue color schemes throughout the film, the most famous is when the Overlook’s elevator doors open unleashing gallons of red blood down its corridors. Likewise the twin daughters of Delbert Grady (Philip Stone, 1924-2003) are seen wearing blue dresses with white knee high socks.”

B i o 

Robert W. Sullivan IV is a philosopher, historian, antiquarian, jurist, theologian, writer, and lawyer. The only child of antique dealers, he was born on October 30, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated high school from Friends School of Baltimore (the oldest private school in Baltimore, founded in 1784) in June 1990. He attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania becoming a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha (Theta Pi, member #1199) fraternity. He earned his B.A. in History in 1995. Mr. Sullivan spent his entire junior year of college (1992-1993) abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, England studying European History and Philosophy. While in Oxford Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Oxford Union, the Oxford University Conservative Association, and the Oxford Law Society. Upon returning to the United States in June 1993 he took a year off from Gettysburg College to serve as office director of the Washington International Studies Council located on Capitol Hill.

Prior to attending law school in the United States he spent the Michaelmas Term 1995 at Trinity College, Oxford University studying Jurisprudence and International Law. From 1997 to 2000 he attended Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus, from where he received his Juris Doctorate. Admitted to the State Bar of Maryland (2000) as well as the District of Columbia (2002), Mr. Sullivan spent 2001 to 2008 working at various law firms in the Baltimore area practicing primarily in the area of insurance defense. Mr. Sullivan is a Freemason having joined Amicable-St. John’s Lodge #25, Baltimore Maryland in 1997; he became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason in 1999, Valley of Baltimore, Orient of Maryland. The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism is his first published work and is the result of twenty years of research. A lifelong Marylander, he resides in Baltimore. MD.

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