Use Of Arthurian Legend In Hollywood Film

Use Of Arthurian Legend In Hollywood Film

by Rebecca A. Umland, Samuel J. Umland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313297983

ISBN-13: 9780313297984

Pub. Date: 10/30/1996

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This is the first book to examine the various uses of the Arthurian legend in Hollywood film, covering films from the 1920s to the present. The authors use five representational categories: intertextual collage (or cult film); melodrama, which focuses on the love triangle; conservative propaganda, pervasive during the Cold War; the Hollywood epic; and the

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This is the first book to examine the various uses of the Arthurian legend in Hollywood film, covering films from the 1920s to the present. The authors use five representational categories: intertextual collage (or cult film); melodrama, which focuses on the love triangle; conservative propaganda, pervasive during the Cold War; the Hollywood epic; and the postmodern quest, which commonly employs the grail portion of the legend. Arguing that filmmakers rely on the audience's rudimentary familiarity with the legend, the authors show that only certain features of the legend are activated at any particular time. This fascinating study shows us how the legend has been adapted and how through the popular medium of Hollywood films, the Arthurian legend has survived and flourished.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313297984
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1996
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series, #57
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

The Mythopoeic Nature of the Arthurian Legend and Its Methods of Transmission

The Arthurian Legend as Intertextual Collage

The Arthurian Legend as 1950s Hollywood Melodrama

The Arthurian Legend as Forms of Propaganda

The Arthurian Legend as Hollywood Epic: John Boorman's Excalibur

The Arthurian Legend as Postmodern Quest

Filmography

Bibliography

Index

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