Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema / Edition 1

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Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema is 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 diversity of content and theoretical stances found in this volume will make it required reading for scholars and students interested in interdisciplinary approaches to text and image, and for anyone interested in the presence of Greece and Rome in modern popular culture.
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"A fascinating satura lanx: a collection of essays which provides the reader with a very valuable diversity of approaches.... This book must be considered a crucial and innovative contribution to the fields of classical philology, comparative literature, and film analysis; and, at the same time, pleasant reading for a larger public interested in cinema and literature.... The innovative value and the extraordinary quality of the book show the vitality of classical tradition in contemporary culture and the hermeneutic importance of the 'fusion between past and present.'"--Classical World

"One of the most striking interpretative studies of cinematic texts.... In his valuable and well-structured introduction Martin M. Winkler describes the theoretical background and history of Film Philology.... A rewarding and engaging collection of varied essays on classics and cinema covering discussions of common patterns and motifs in non-classical films as well as the interpretation of ancient text from the perspective of cinema...and film criticism.... This informative collection is helpful for both classicists with an interest in film philology and film criticism and for film-literate readers with an interest in classical themes, inducing them to watch a particular film again and to think anew about it."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Intertextual readings enrich our appreciation of the films, but these essays also offer new ways to interpret the ancient texts.... [Winkler's] deliberate selection of the widest possible cross section of approaches to the interface of classical culture and cinema ensures that the reader will find something among the diverse essays to inspire new readings and fresh insights in film and ancient text alike."--Amphora

Praise for the previous edition: "The collection bears testimony to the fruitful possibilities of combining 'ancient' knowledge with cinematic perspectives.... There are pleasures to mine [here]."--Film Quarterly

"Lively, often meticulously researched, well-structured, and--not least of its virtues--unpredictable."--The Classical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195130041
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,278,392
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

George Mason University
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I The Katabasis Theme in Modern Cinema 23
II Verbal Odysseus: Narrative Strategy in the Odyssey and in The Usual Suspects 51
III Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas on Greek Tragedy 72
IV Eye of the Camera, Eye of the Victim: Iphigenia by Euripides and Cacoyannis 90
V Iphigenia: A Visual Essay 102
VI Tragic Features in John Ford's The Searchers 118
VII An American Tragedy: Chinatown 148
VIII Tricksters and Typists: 9 to 5 as Aristophanic Comedy 172
IX Ancient Poetics and Eisenstein's Films 193
X Film Sense in the Aeneid 219
XI Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover: A Cockney Procne 233
XII The Social Ambience of Petronius' Satyricon and Fellini Satyricon 258
XIII Star Wars and the Roman Empire 272
XIV Teaching Classical Myth and Confronting Contemporary Myths 291
XV The Sounds of Cinematic Antiquity 319
Index 339
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