Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays / Edition 2

Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays / Edition 2

by Kevin J. Harty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786413441

ISBN-13: 9780786413447

Pub. Date: 08/23/2002

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

The legends of King Arthur have not only endured for centuries, but also flourished in constant retellings and new stories built around the central themes of the legends. Clearly, soon after movie-making was underway, Arthur was destined to hit the screen.

This revised edition of Cinema Arthuriana presents 20 essays on the topic of the recurring presence of the

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Overview

The legends of King Arthur have not only endured for centuries, but also flourished in constant retellings and new stories built around the central themes of the legends. Clearly, soon after movie-making was underway, Arthur was destined to hit the screen.

This revised edition of Cinema Arthuriana presents 20 essays on the topic of the recurring presence of the legend of King Arthur in film and television from 1904 to 2001. Four of the essays included are taken directly from the previous edition, ten are revised from the original, and six are newly written. The essays cover such films as Excalibur (1981), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), television productions up to the televised version of The Mists of Avalon (2001), and French and German films about the Quest for the Holy Grail and the other adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413447
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
The Contributors3
1Cinema Arthuriana: An Overview7
2Mythopoeia in Excalibur34
3Fire, Water, Rock: Elements of Setting in John Boorman's Excalibur and Steve Barron's Merlin44
4Morgan and the Problem of Incest54
5An Enemy in Our Midst: The Black Knight and the American Dream64
6Tortilla Flat and the Arthurian View71
7The Retreat from Camelot: Adapting Bernard Malamud's The Natural to Film80
8Cinematic American Camelots Lost and Found: The Film Versions of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and George Romero's Knightriders96
9The Ironic Tradition in Four Arthurian Films110
10Two Films That Sparkle: The Sword in the Stone and Camelot118
11Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Madness with a Definite Method127
12Not Dead Yet: Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the Twenty-first Century136
13The Arthurian Legend in French Cinema: Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac and Eric Rohmer's Perceval le Gallois149
14From Stage to Screen: The Dramatic Compulsion in French Cinema and Denis Llorca's Les Chevaliers de la table ronde (1990)163
15Blank, Syberberg, and the German Arthurian Tradition177
16Gawain on Film (The Remake): Thames Television Strikes Back185
17Will the "Reel" Mordred Please Stand Up? Strategies for Representing Mordred in American and British Arthurian Film199
18Filming the Tristan Myth211
19Fable and Poesie in Cocteau's L'Eternel Retour (1943)220
20Arms and Armor in Arthurian Films235
21Cinema Arthuriana: A Comprehensive Filmography and Bibliography252
Index303

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