Classics on Screen

Through analysis of ten influential films, this book examines the representation of Greece and Rome in both popular and art-house cinema, arranged by cinematic genre.

Author: Alastair J. L. Blanshard

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: 071563724X

Category: History

Page: 224

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Cinema loves Greece and Rome. Hollywood epics, animated movies, avant-garde features - all have turned to classical antiquity for inspiration. On the silver screen, we see a world of virtuous Christians, depraved pagans, gladiators, charioteers, Spartan warriors, and muscle-bound demigods - a potent mix of sex, violence and art. So pervasive are these images that this cinematic output dominates the public understanding of the ancient world. Through analysis of ten influential films, this book examines the representation of Greece and Rome in both popular and art-house cinema, arranged by cinematic genre. Key scenes are discussed and each film is located in its historical context.
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A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen

Written by a team of experts in their fields, this work considers productions that discuss social settings as reflections of their times and as indicative of the technical advances in production and the economics of film and television.

Author: Arthur J. Pomeroy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118741443

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 568

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A comprehensive treatment of the Classical World in film and television, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen closely examines the films and TV shows centered on Greek and Roman cultures and explores the tension between pagan and Christian worlds. Written by a team of experts in their fields, this work considers productions that discuss social settings as reflections of their times and as indicative of the technical advances in production and the economics of film and television. Productions included are a mix of Hollywood and European spanning from the silent film era though modern day television series, and topics discussed include Hollywood politics in film, soundtrack and sound design, high art and low art, European art cinemas, and the ancient world as comedy. Written for students of film and television as well as those interested in studies of ancient Rome and Greece, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen provides comprehensive, current thinking on how the depiction of Ancient Greece and Rome on screen has developed over the past century. It reviews how films of the ancient world mirrored shifting attitudes towards Christianity, the impact of changing techniques in film production, and fascinating explorations of science fiction and technical fantasy in the ancient world on popular TV shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Who.
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Classical Myth on Screen

An examination of how screen texts embrace, refute, and reinvent the cultural heritage of antiquity, this volume looks at specific story-patterns and archetypes from Greco-Roman culture.

Author: M. Cyrino

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137486035

Category: Art

Page: 257

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An examination of how screen texts embrace, refute, and reinvent the cultural heritage of antiquity, this volume looks at specific story-patterns and archetypes from Greco-Roman culture. The contributors offer a variety of perspectives, highlighting key cultural relay points at which a myth is received and reformulated for a particular audience.
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Classical Literature on Screen

This book examines different affinities between major classical authors and great filmmakers alongside representations of ancient myth and history in popular cinema.

Author: Martin M. Winkler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107191280

Category: History

Page: 400

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This book examines different affinities between major classical authors and great filmmakers alongside representations of ancient myth and history in popular cinema.
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Big Screen Rome

The book provides in-depth discussions of a broad selection of famous films, including: Quo Vadis, Ben-Hur, Spartacus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Monty Python's Life of Brian, and Gladiator.

Author: Monica Silveira Cyrino

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405150323

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Big Screen Rome is the first systematic survey of the most important and popular films from the past half century that reconstruct the image of Roman antiquity. The first systematic survey of the most important and popular recent films about Roman antiquity. Shows how cinema explores, reinvents and celebrates the spectacle of ancient Rome. Films discussed in depth include Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and Terry Jones’s Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Contributes to discussions about the ongoing relevance of the classical world. Shows how contemporary film-makers use recreations of ancient history as commentaries on contemporary society. Structured in a way that makes it suitable for course use, and features issues for discussion and analysis, and reference to further bibliographic resources. Written in an energetic and engaging style.
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Locating Classical Receptions on Screen

See also Martin Winkler's (2017) exploration of (to provide but a single example) a common ambivalence to empire in John Ford's Westerns and Virgil's Aeneid in his book Classical Literature on Screen: Affinities of Imagination.

Author: Ricardo Apostol

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319964577

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 198

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This volume explores film and television sources in problematic conversation with classical antiquity, to better understand the nature of artistic reception and classical reception in particular. Drawing inspiration from well-theorized fields like adaptation studies, comparative literature, and film, the essays in this collection raise questions fundamental to the future of reception studies. The first section, ‘Beyond Fidelity’, deals with idiosyncratic adaptations of ancient sources; the second section, ‘Beyond Influence’, discusses modern works purporting to adapt ancient figures or themes that are less straightforwardly ancient than they may at first appear; while the last section, ‘Beyond Original’, uses films that lack even these murky connections to antiquity to challenge the notion that studying reception requires establishing historical connections between works. As questions of audience, interpretation, and subjectivity are central to most contemporary fields of study, this is a collection that is of interest to a wide variety of readers in the humanities.
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Screening the Golden Ages of the Classical Tradition

This collection of fourteen essays explores how the dominant media of our time - film and television - have engaged with the golden age as formulated in the Western classical tradition.

Author: Meredith Safran

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ISBN: 1474440851

Category: History

Page: 352

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This collection of fourteen essays explores how the dominant media of our time âe" film and television âe" have engaged with the golden age as formulated in the Western classical tradition. Drawing on ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture, from Hesiod to Suetonius, these essays assess the far-reaching influence of the golden age concept on screen texts ranging from prestige projects like Gladiator and HBO's Rome, to cult classics Xanadu and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, made by auteurs including Jules Dassin and the Coen Brothers. The book also looks at fantasy (Game of Thrones), science fiction (Serenity), horror (The Walking Dead), war/combat (the 300 franchise; Centurion), and the American Western. Situates recurring outbreaks of nostalgia for earlier times within a transhistorical phenomenon Illuminates how this cultural phenomenon is rooted in the discourses that emerge from the classical traditionâe"so much so, that both high-minded and base political movements invoke classical antiquity in their ideological campaigns Explores how such invocations of the mythical past are frequently accomplished not only through political rhetoric, but also through popular media
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Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature

In 2009,onthebackof anumberof Jane Austen adaptations, ITV premiered its most recent screen adaptation of Wuthering ... The vast majority of reviews have highlighted the proliferation of film and television adaptations of classic ...

Author: H. Shachar

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137262875

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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Film and television adaptations of classic literature have held a longstanding appeal for audiences, an appeal that this book sets out to examine. With a particular focus on Wuthering Heights , the book examines adaptations made from the 1930s to the twenty-first century, providing an understanding of how they help shape our cultural landscape.
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American Classic Screen Features

In the inaugural issue editorial for American Classic Screen (Vol. I, No. 1, 1976) founding editor Randy Neil wrote: “Film preservation and film collecting have come of age . . . and together, the scholar and buff are beginning to ...

Author: John C. Tibbetts

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810876798

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

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In American Classic Screen Features, editors John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh have assembled some of the most significant and memorable essays and critical pieces written for the magazine over its ten-year history. This collection contains fascinating accounts of Hollywood history including articles on Marilyn Monroe's first screen test, John Ford's favorite film, Olivia De Havilland's lawsuit against Warner Bros., Walt Disney's unfinished projects, and Stanley Kubrick's early noir classics. This volume also contains in-depth examinations of classic films, including Birth of a Nation, The Big Parade,The Jazz Singer, King Kong, and Citizen Kane. This compendium of essays recaptures the spirit and scholarship of that time and will appeal to both scholars and fans who have an abiding interest in the American motion picture industry.
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