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Classical Myth Culture In The Cinema

Author: Martin M. Winkler
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195130041
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This title comprises a collection of essays presenting a variety of approaches to films set in Ancient Greece and Rome and to films that reflect archetypal features of classical literature. The book illustrates the continuing presence of antiquity in the most varied and influential medium of modern popular culture. The diversity of content and theoretical stances found in this work should make this volume required reading for scholars and students interested in the presence of Greece and Rome in modern popular culture.


Author: Martin M. Winkler
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISBN: 9781405110426
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This is the first book to analyze Ridley Scott’s film Gladiator from historical, cultural, and cinematic perspectives. The first systematic analysis of Ridley Scott’s film, Gladiator. Examines the film’s presentation of Roman history and culture. Considers its cinematic origins and traditions. Draws out the film’s modern social and political overtones. Includes relevant ancient sources in translation.

Classical Myth In Four Films Of Alfred Hitchcock

Author: Mark William Padilla
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 149852916X
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Classical Myth in Four Films of Alfred Hitchcock presents an original study of Alfred Hitchcock by considering how his classics-informed London upbringing marks some of his films. The Catholic and Irish-English Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born to a mercantile family and attended a Jesuit college preparatory, whose curriculum featured Latin and classical humanities. An important expression of Edwardian culture at-large was an appreciation for classical ideas, texts, images, and myth. Mark Padilla traces the ways that Hitchcock’s films convey mythical themes, patterns, and symbols, though they do not overtly reference them. Hitchcock was a modernist who used myth in unconscious ways as he sought to tell effective stories in the film medium. This book treats four representative films, each from a different decade of his early career. The first two movies were produced in London: The Farmer’s Wife (1928) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934); the second two in Hollywood: Rebecca (1940) and Strangers on a Train (1951). In close readings of these movies, Padilla discusses myths and literary texts such as the Judgment of Paris, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Aristophanes’s Frogs, Apuleius’s tale “Cupid and Psyche,” Homer’s Odyssey, and The Homeric Hymn to Hermes. Additionally, many Olympian deities and heroes have archetypal resonances in the films in question. Padilla also presents a new reading of Hitchcock’s circumstances as he entered film work in 1920 and theorizes why and how the films may be viewed as an expression of the classical tradition and of classical reception. This new and important contribution to the field of classical reception in the cinema will be of great value to classicists, film scholars, and general readers interested in these topics.

Rom Und Seine Kaiser Im Historienfilm

Author: Martin Lindner
Publisher: Verlag Antike
ISBN: 3938032189
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Der Film ist die popularste Form der Antikenrezeption. Er lockt Millionen von Zuschauern ins Kino oder vor den Bildschirm und bringt sie dazu, sich uber viele Stunden hinweg mit althistorischen Themen zu beschaftigen. Die Bewertung in den betroffenen Teildisziplinen ist zwiespaltig: Der Historienfilm irritiert und fasziniert zugleich, indem er sich stark von einer wissenschaftlichen Geschichtsdarstellung abhebt. Wie historisch ist die gezeigte Antike? Welche Traditionen liegen der lebendig gewordenen Vergangenheit zugrunde? Wie gestaltet der Historienfilm seine Erzahlung? Worin bestehen seine ubergreifenden und seine individuellen Merkmale? Welche methodischen Herausforderungen stellt der Film fur eine historische Untersuchung? Und wie kann der Antikenfilm in Forschung und Lehre eingesetzt werden? Die vorliegende Studie hinterfragt Konzepte wie Authentizitat und Legitimitat am Beispiel der romischen Kaiserzeit im Historienfilm. Auf der Basis mehrerer Hundert Produktionen wird eine interdisziplinare Perspektive entwickelt und ein Modell der filmischen Antike entworfen. Im Zentrum stehen die Herrscherfiguren und ihr Einsatz als Exponenten bestimmter Zeitabschnitte.

Classical Mythology

Author: William Hansen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195300351
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Originally published: Handbook of classical mythology. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, c2004.

The Fall Of The Roman Empire

Author: Martin M. Winkler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118589815
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The essays collected in this book present the first comprehensive appreciation of The Fall of the Roman Empire from historical, historiographical, and cinematic perspectives. The book also provides the principal classical sources on the period. It is a companion to Gladiator: Film and History (Blackwell, 2004) and Spartacus: Film and History (Blackwell, 2007) and completes a triad of scholarly studies on Hollywood’s greatest films about Roman history. A critical re-evaluation of the 1964 epic film The Fall of the Roman Empire, directed by Anthony Mann, from historical, film-historical, and contemporary points of view Presents a collection of scholarly essays and classical sources on the period of Roman history that ancient and modern historians have considered to be the turning point toward the eventual fall of Rome Contains a short essay by director Anthony Mann Includes a map of the Roman Empire and film stills, as well as translations of the principal ancient sources, an extensive bibliography, and a chronology of events

Return Of The Epic Film

Author: Elliot Andrew B R
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748684034
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The Return of the Epic Film offers a fresh way of thinking about a body of films which has dominated our screens for a decade. With contributions from top scholars in the field, the collection adopts a range of interdisciplinary perspectives to explore the epic film in the twenty-first century.


Author: Martin M. Winkler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470777265
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This is the first book systematically to analyze Kirk Douglas’ and Stanley Kubrick’s depiction of the slave revolt led by Spartacus from different historical, political, and cinematic perspectives. Examines the film’s use of ancient sources, the ancient historical contexts, the political significance of the film, the history of its censorship and restoration, and its place in film history. Includes the most important passages from ancient authors’ reports of the slave revolt in translation.

Ovid S Myth Of Pygmalion On Screen

Author: Paula James
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441146776
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Why has the myth of Pygmalion and his ivory statue proved so inspirational for writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and directors and creators of films and television series? The 'authorised' version of the story appears in the epic poem of transformations, Metamorphoses, by the first-century CE Latin poet Ovid; in which the bard Orpheus narrates the legend of the sculptor king of Cyprus whose beautiful carved woman was brought to life by the goddess Venus. Focusing on screen storylines with a Pygmalion subtext, from silent cinema to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lars and the Real Girl, this book looks at why and how the made-over or manufactured woman has survived through the centuries and what we can learn about this problematic model of 'perfection' from the perspective of the past and the present. Given the myriad representations of Ovid's myth, can we really make a modern text a tool of interpretation for an ancient poem? This book answers with a resounding 'yes' and explains why it is so important to give antiquity back its future.