With Fire And Sword

With Fire And Sword

by Patrick Luciano, Patrick Lucanio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810828162

ISBN-13: 9780810828162

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

With Fire and Sword is a comprehensive study of the English-dubbed Italian spectacles produced in the 1960s which are often described as "beefcake" and "sword'n'sandal" epics. Termed respectably peplum by the many French critics who thought highly of the genre, such films as Hercules and Goliath and the Barbarians held a fascination for American movie and

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With Fire and Sword is a comprehensive study of the English-dubbed Italian spectacles produced in the 1960s which are often described as "beefcake" and "sword'n'sandal" epics. Termed respectably peplum by the many French critics who thought highly of the genre, such films as Hercules and Goliath and the Barbarians held a fascination for American movie and television audiences at a time of social and political turmoil. Using myth criticism to extract value in the films, the book first presents a descriptive study of the genre by defining its characteristics before analyzing its motifs, iconography, and narrative patterns; as a result, the book concludes that the films exerted a fairy tale appeal to their audiences which effectively reduced the vicissitudes of political confusion to manageable yet nonetheless sophisticated terms. The book then presents a comprehensive filmography of over 300 films with most titles annotated with synopses, casts, credits, production notes, critical responses, and historical associations. Complementing the text are numerous stills, advertising art, and frame enlargements from significant works. The book also contains appendices on early films, on related English-language films, and on related foreign films produced in countries other than Italy. Also included are a comprehensive bibliography and index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810828162
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
1.19(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
INeo-Mythologism1
IIPeplum12
IIIAn Annotated Filmography of Peplum Features Released in the United States, 1958-196857
App. I: Foreign Films361
App. II: Precursors of Peplum376
App. III: Samuel Bronston Presents382
App. IV: English-Language Films391
App. V: Apocrypha479
Basic Studies and Works Cited482
Index491
About the Author530

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