ISBN-10:
0742555291
ISBN-13:
9780742555297
Pub. Date:
11/26/2007
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster

The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster

by Constantine Santas

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Overview

The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster

In The Epic in Film, Constantine Santas argues that "blockbuster" and "artistic" are not mutually exclusive terms and, perhaps more importantly, that epic film is an inherently profound genre in its ability to tap into the dreams and fears of a nation, and sometimes those of the human race. Why do we see dozens and dozens of films based on the King Arthur legend? Why would a presidential hopeful borrow the phrase "Read my lips" from Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry? Why do war epics proliferate in times of war or national crisis? Why are epics as a whole the most popular movie genre? Whether you love Gone with the Wind and hate Troy, find Akira Kurosawa's films brilliant or marvel over the depth of the Matrix trilogy, if you're a film buff, you will want to read this first book-length treatment of the epic-a wildly popular, infinitely fascinating, and critically underappreciated genre.

About the Author:
Constantine Santas is professor emeritus and former chair in the Department of English at Flagler College in Florida

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742555297
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.09(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Constantine Santas is professor emeritus and former chair in the Department of English at Flagler College, Florida. He is the author of Responding to Film and has translated several works from Greek to English.

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     1
The Classic Epic Form     23
The Mythological Epic     53
The Religious Epic     73
The Historical Epic     87
The Women-Centered Epic     111
The Comic Epic     127
The Anti-Epic     157
The Information Age Epic     179
The International and Art House Epics     205
Significant DVD Editions     217
Selected Bibliography     221
Index     225
About the Author     235

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