The following is a distributed version of a paper that will be published in Metaphor and the Social World. If you want to quote from it verbatim, please check the published version. Here are the publication details as they are currently known:
Forceville, Charles, and Thijs Renckens (2013). “The GOOD IS LIGHT and BAD IS DARKNESS metaphors in feature films.” Metaphor and the Social World 3(2) (guest editors: Laura Hidalgo & Blanca Kraljevic).
ABSTRACT. Light and darkness can be used metaphorically to help structure GOOD and BAD in all media, but film is particularly suitable for exploiting such metaphors. On the basis of examples from three feature films, we discuss in what way the metaphor functions in general and suggest how it allows for a degree of creative play. Moreover, it is pointed out how the metaphor usually interacts with other narratologically salient elements in order to achieve its specific, context-dependent effects. The paper ends with suggestions how the study of this and other conceptual metaphors in film may benefit both metaphor and film scholarship.