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Arthurian Legends on Film and Television
     

Arthurian Legends on Film and Television

by Bert Olton
 

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The Arthurian legends are a crucial part of Western culture. With their enduring themes, archetypal characters, and complex plots, it is not surprising that the stories of Camelot should find their way into films and television programs.
From the moody (Excalibur) to the looney (“Knighty Knight Bugs”), more than 250 entries give complete

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The Arthurian legends are a crucial part of Western culture. With their enduring themes, archetypal characters, and complex plots, it is not surprising that the stories of Camelot should find their way into films and television programs.
From the moody (Excalibur) to the looney (“Knighty Knight Bugs”), more than 250 entries give complete credits, synopses, and analyses. Included are works based solely on Arthur and his literary origins and works that feature other figures, like Galahad, Percival, and the operatic favorites Tristan and Isolde. Also included are animated films, parodies like Monty Python’s, films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with Arthurian themes, and television series with Arthurian episodes such as Babylon 5 and MacGyver. Operatic and dramatic works recorded for film and television (like Camelot) are also covered. Appendices, bibliography and index.

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“recommended”—Booklist; “unique...a valuable source of information”—ARBA; “a clear, easy writing style that is engaging and compulsively readable...an excellent index...solid information in an easily assimilated form”—VOYA; “recommended…detail[ed]…informative”—Reference Reviews; “Olton’s work is a valuable resource...thorough and complete”—Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; “comprehensive...[a] nicely-produced volume”—Interzone.
VOYA
The stated goal of this book is to "gather into one volume as many of the film titles having to do with the legends of King Arthur as possible" in the hope that it will serve as a supplement to more scholarly works on the same subject and provide a starting point for those with an interest in the subject. More than one hundred and fifty films, filmstrips, and television programs are arranged alphabetically by title, with each entry including listings of cast, credits, a synopsis of the plot, and a discussion of the relationship between the work under discussion and the Arthurian legends. In some cases, the relationship is clear and obvious, such as the films made of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In others the connection is more tenuous and must be explained at length, such as the Robert Redford film, The Natural. Those works that were not viewed by the author are so noted, and receive only a brief entry citing form and copyright holder. Olton has a clear, easy writing style that is engaging and compulsively readable. Frequent clear black-and-white photographs enhance the text. See and see-also references are noted after titles. The volume concludes with a chronological list of films and television programs, an alphabetical list of films and television programs with possible Arthurian content, a bibliography listing forty-five print sources and twenty Web sites, and an excellent index that indicates pages on which photographs are found in bold. Less comprehensive and scholarly, though broader in scope, than either Kevin J. Harty's Cinema Arthuriana (Garland, 1991) or The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film (Greenwood, 1996) by Rebecca and Samuel Umland,this resource gives interested readers and researchers at all levels of expertise solid information in an easily assimilated form. Index. Photos. Biblio. Chronology. 2000, McFarland, 341p. PLB $39.95. Ages 12 to Adult. Reviewer: Ann Welton

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

Booklist
recommended
ARBA
unique...a valuable source of information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440764
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/23/2008
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

A former journalist and photographer, Bert Olton is a member of the International Arthurian Society. He is a freelance writer living in New York.

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