Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema

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Martin M. Winkler Professor of Classics George Mason University
Oxford University Press, USA, May 29, 2001 - Social Science - 360 pages
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Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema is a collection of essays presenting a variety of approaches to films set in ancient Greece and Rome and to films that reflect archetypal features of classical literature. The diversity of content and theoretical stances found in this volume will make it required reading for scholars and students interested in interdisciplinary approaches to text and image.

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Warrior Princess 333 n 42
Young Victor 327
Introduction 3
Zinnemann Fred 8 n 7 122 279 n 17
Narrative Strategy in the Odyssey
Michael Cacoyannis and Irene Papas on Greek Tragedy 72
Chinatown 148
9 to 5 as Aristophanic Comedy 172
Ancient Poetics and Eisensteins Films 193
Peter Greenaways The Cook The Thief His Wife
The Social Ambience of Petronius Satyricon
Star Wars and the Roman Empire 272
Teaching Classical Myth and Confronting Contemporary
The Sounds of Cinematic Antiquity 319

A Visual Essay 102
Tragic Features in John Fords The Searchers 118
Index 339

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Page 25 - One might generalize by saying: the technique of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition. By making many reproductions it substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence.
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Page 25 - Eisenstein — while asseverating the fundamentally intellectual nature of viewing: ". . .our cinema is not altogether without parents and without pedigree, without a past, without the traditions and rich cultural heritage of the past epochs.
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Page 22 - ... feels as if in exile - exiled not only from the stage but also from himself. With a vague sense of discomfort he feels inexplicable emptiness: his body loses its corporeality, it evaporates, it is deprived of reality, life, voice, and the noises caused by his moving about, in order to be changed into a mute image, flickering an instant on the screen, then vanishing into silence. . . . The projector will play with his shadow before the public, and he himself must be content to play before the...

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