Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema

Classical fantasy and tradition within the Cinema is a suite of essays providing various ways to motion pictures set in historical Greece and Rome and to motion pictures that mirror archetypal positive aspects of classical literature. the range of content material and theoretical stances present in this quantity will make it required interpreting for students and scholars attracted to interdisciplinary ways to textual content and image.
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"A attention-grabbing satura lanx: a suite of essays which supplies the reader with a truly priceless variety of approaches.... This ebook has to be thought of a vital and cutting edge contribution to the fields of classical philology, comparative literature, and picture research; and, while, friendly analyzing for a bigger public drawn to cinema and literature.... The cutting edge worth and the intense caliber of the publication express the power of classical culture in modern tradition and the hermeneutic value of the 'fusion among previous and present.'"--Classical World
"One of the main awesome interpretative stories of cinematic texts.... In his invaluable and well-structured advent Martin M. Winkler describes the theoretical history and heritage of movie Philology.... A profitable and fascinating selection of various essays on classics and cinema masking discussions of universal styles and motifs in non-classical motion pictures in addition to the translation of historic textual content from the viewpoint of cinema...and movie criticism.... This informative assortment is useful for either classicists with an curiosity in movie philology and picture feedback and for film-literate readers with an curiosity in classical issues, inducing them to observe a selected movie back and to imagine anew approximately it."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Intertextual readings improve our appreciation of the flicks, yet those essays additionally provide new how one can interpret the traditional texts.... [Winkler's] planned number of the widest attainable move component to techniques to the interface of classical tradition and cinema guarantees that the reader will locate whatever one of the diversified essays to motivate new readings and clean insights in movie and old textual content alike."--Amphora
Praise for the former version: "The assortment bears testimony to the fruitful probabilities of combining 'ancient' wisdom with cinematic perspectives.... There are pleasures to mine [here]."--Film Quarterly
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Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema

Classical fantasy and tradition within the Cinema is a suite of essays proposing quite a few ways to movies set in old Greece and Rome and to motion pictures that mirror archetypal gains of classical literature. the range of content material and theoretical stances present in this quantity will make it required interpreting for students and scholars attracted to interdisciplinary methods to textual content and snapshot.

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Digital technology now makes it possible for philologists of the cinema to treat a film as traditional philologists have always treated their materials. We can now view a film again and again at any time we wish, jump from any scene to any other within seconds, select a scene for particular scrutiny at slow motion, or even look at individual frames. In other words, we are now in the position to "read" a filmic work in ways similar to those in which we read a literary one. The new technology even enables us to find a particular moment in a film faster than we could find a certain passage or line in a work of literature by turning back the pages of a book, and so the term "chapters" for a film's individual sequences or scenes in videodisc editions seems entirely appropriate.

In some cases, even whole scenes or individual moments intended for television broadcasts as alternatives to those shown theatrically, especially if sex and violence are an issue, are now included. Roughly, all these are the equivalents of the "variant readings," the variae lectiones, of ancient texts. Faded colors and washed-out blackand-white images are restored to their original appearance through recourse to the camera negative or an exceptionally well-preserved print in combination with digital image enhancement.

Since antiquity the underworld has been almost always located toward the west. Most of the action takes place on this train, at night and in the dark. The train traverses a spectacular katabatic world of steep mountainsides, narrow defiles, still lakes, rivers, and dark tunnels. The hero brings the woman back to the real world, gains the knowledge she has, which is necessary to convict the crime boss, and secures his own version of treasure, this time measured not in dollars or gold but in the satisfaction of doing his job well.

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