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Classics on screen : ancient Greece and Rome on film

Author: Alastair Blanshard; Kim Shahabudin
Publisher: London : Bristol Classical Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cinema loves Greece and Rome. Hollywood epics, animated movies, avant-garde features - all have turned to classical antiquity for inspiration. On the silver screen, we see a world of virtuous Christians, depraved pagans, gladiators and muscle-bound demigods - a potent mix of sex, violence and art. So pervasive are these images that this cinematic output dominates the public understanding of the ancient world.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alastair Blanshard; Kim Shahabudin
ISBN: 9780715637241 071563724X
OCLC Number: 707962623
Description: vii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Establishing the conventions : Cleopatra (1934) --
The Roman epics of classical Hollywood : Quo vadis (1951) --
Peplum traditions : Hercules (1958) --
Roman history on screen : Spartacus (1960) --
Greek history on screen : The 300 Spartans (1962) --
Myth and the fantastic : Jason and the Argonauts (1963) --
Art cinema : Fellini-Satyricon (1969) --
Satirising cine-antiquity : Monty Python's life of Brian (1979) --
The Disney version : Hercules (1997) --
The return of the epic? : Gladiator (2000).
Other Titles: Ancient Greece and Rome on film
Responsibility: Alastair J.L. Blanshard, Kim Shahabudin.

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An accessible introduction to the depiction of antiquity in cinema.  Read more...

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