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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

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:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

The Contributors 3

1 Cinema Arthuriana: An Overview 7

2 Mythopoeia in Excalibur 34

3 Fire, Water, Rock: Elements of Setting in Excalibur and Merlin 44

4 Morgan and the Problem of Incest 54

5 An Enemy in Our Midst: The Black Knight and the American Dream 64

6 Tortilla Flat and the Arthurian View 71

7 The Retreat from Camelot: Adapting The Natural to Film 80

8 Cinematic American Camelots Lost and Found: The Film Versions of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and Knightriders 96

9 The Ironic Tradition in Four Arthurian Films 110

10 Two Films That Sparkle: The Sword in the Stone and Camelot 118

11 Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Madness with a Definite Method   127

12 Not Dead Yet: Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the Twenty-first Century 136

13 The Arthurian Legend in French Cinema: Lancelot du Lac and Perceval le Gallois 149

14 From Stage to Screen: The Dramatic Compulsion in French Cinema and Les Chevaliers de la table ronde (1990) 163

15 Blank, Syberberg, and the German Arthurian Tradition 177

16 Gawain on Film (The Remake) 185

17 Will the “Reel” Mordred Please Stand Up? 199

18 Filming the Tristan Myth 211

19 Fable and Poésie in L'Éternel Retour (1943) 220

20 Arms and Armor in Arthurian Films 235

21 Cinema Arthuriana: A Comprehensive Filmography and Bibliography 252

Index 303

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