Film and the Classical Epic Tradition

Film and the Classical Epic Tradition

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In Film and the Classical Epic Tradition, Joanna Paul explores the relationship between films set in the ancient world and the classical epic tradition, arguing that there is a meaningful connection between the literary and cinematic genres. This relationship is particularly apparent in films which adapt classical epic texts for the screen, such as Ulysses, Troy, O Brother Where Art Thou, and Jason and the Argonauts. Beginningwith an assessment of the films, Paul discusses a variety of themes, such as heroism and kleos, the depiction of the gods, and narrative structure. She then considers a series of case-studies of Hollywood historical epics which further demonstrate the ways in which cinema engages with the themes of classical epic. The concludingchapters look at common tropes surrounding epic, especially focusing on the performance of epic in the ancient and modern worlds, its perceived social role, and the widespread parody of epic in both literature and cinema. Through this careful consideration of how epic can manifest itself in different periods and cultures, we learn how cinema makes a powerful claim to be a modern vehicle for a very ancient tradition.... recital of epic and the consumption of film: in recent decades, home video and especially DVD technologies have afforded film audiences ... dreamt of by the Romans, as Shakespearean plays, as novels, as Hollywood blockbusters, as TV serial drama, as DVDs and, not least, ... to avoid, amongst other things, talking, eating, and kicking of seats, alt;;/ 5live/films/code_of_conduct. pdfagt;.

Title:Film and the Classical Epic Tradition
Author: Joanna Paul
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2013-02-28

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