With Fire And Sword

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Overview

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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A study and filmography of English-dubbed Italian spectacles produced in the 1960s. Defines the genre's characteristics and analyzes its iconography and narrative patterns, and presents an annotated filmography of some 300 films. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810828162
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 1.19 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Lucanio (Ph.D., M.S., University of Oregon; M.A.T., B.S., Western Oregon State College) is a lecturer in Humanities at Western Oregon State College in Monmouth. A myth and Jungian critic with interests in film and American literature, Luciano has written numerous articles on film and television history and genre studies. He is the author of Them or Us: Archetypal Interpretations of Fifties Alien Invasion Films, the first book-length treatise of the 1950s monster movies. He is currently co-authoring a book on the contributions of Jack Webb to radio, television, and film.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Neo-Mythologism 1
II Peplum 12
III An Annotated Filmography of Peplum Features Released in the United States, 1958-1968 57
App. I: Foreign Films 361
App. II: Precursors of Peplum 376
App. III: Samuel Bronston Presents 382
App. IV: English-Language Films 391
App. V: Apocrypha 479
Basic Studies and Works Cited 482
Index 491
About the Author 530
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