The Medieval Hero on Screen / Edition 1

The Medieval Hero on Screen / Edition 1

by Martha W. Driver, Sid Ray, Jonathan Rosenbaum
     
 

Few figures have captured Hollywood's and the public's imagination as completely as have medieval heroes. Cast as chivalric knight, warrior princess, "alpha male in tights," or an amalgamation, and as likely to appear in Hong Kong action flicks and spaghetti westerns as films set in the Middle Ages, the medieval hero on film serves many purposes.

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Overview

Few figures have captured Hollywood's and the public's imagination as completely as have medieval heroes. Cast as chivalric knight, warrior princess, "alpha male in tights," or an amalgamation, and as likely to appear in Hong Kong action flicks and spaghetti westerns as films set in the Middle Ages, the medieval hero on film serves many purposes.

This collection of essays about the medieval hero on screen, contributed by scholars from a variety of disciplines, draws upon a wide range of movies and medieval texts. The essays are grouped into five sections, each with an introduction by the editors: an exploration of historic authenticity; heroic children and the lessons they convey to young viewers; medieval female heroes; the place of the hero's weapon in pop culture; and teaching the medieval movie in the classroom. Thirty-two film stills illustrate the work, and each essay includes notes, a filmography, and a bibliography. There is a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum, and an index is included.

Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786419265
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword1
Preface : Hollywood knights5
Pt. IWhat's accuracy got to do with it? : historicity and authenticity in medieval film19
Heroism and alienation through language in The lord of the rings23
Authenticating realism in medieval film38
Pt. IIKid crusaders : heroic children on film53
Shirley Temple and the guys and dolls of the round table57
Boys to men : medievalism and masculinity in Star wars and E.T. : the extra-terrestrial73
Pt. IIIIron maidens : medieval female heroes on film91
Girls on film : medieval virginity in the cinema94
Chivalric virtues in female form : Crouching tiger, hidden dragon's Wudan warrior princess as medieval hero115
Not your typical knight : the emerging on-screen defender133
Pt. IVTime bandits : contemporary appropriations147
The hagiography of steel : the hero's weapon and its place in pop culture151
The way of the wizard : reflections of Merlin on film167
Hard day's knights : First knight, A knight's tale, and Black knight192
Pt. V"Stond and delyver" : teaching the medieval movie211
Oh, what a lovely war! Joan of arc on screen217
The hero in the classroom237

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