Use Of Arthurian Legend In Hollywood Film

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Overview

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.

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Six essays explore how the Matter of Britain lives on in celluloid, especially focusing on uses that are not nor intend to be faithful representations of written versions, but draw on the audience's vague knowledge of the legend's features to pursue some other purpose. They discuss Arthurian legend as intertextual collage, Hollywood melodrama, propaganda, Hollywood epic, and postmodern quest. Includes a few stills. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

REBECCA A. UMLAND is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

SAMUEL J. UMLAND is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Mythopoeic Nature of the Arthurian Legend and Its Methods of Transmission 1
2 The Arthurian Legend as Intertextual Collage 21
3 The Arthurian Legend as Hollywood Melodrama 73
4 The Arthurian Legend as Forms of Propaganda 105
5 The Arthurian Legend as Hollywood Epic 129
6 The Arthurian Legend as Postmodern Quest 153
Filmography 187
Bibliography 193
Index 199
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