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The Epic in Film

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Constantine Santas encourages us to wonder why film critics have so routinely dismissed the epic film. In The Epic in Film, he arg... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Constantine Santas encourages us to wonder why film critics have so routinely dismissed the epic film. In The Epic in Film, he argues that 'blockbuster' and 'artistic' are not mutually exclusive terms, and, perhaps more importantly, epic film is an inherently profound genre in its ability to tap into a nation's, and sometimes humanity's, dreams and fears. Why do we see dozens and dozens of films based on the King Arthur legend? Why would a presidential-hopeful borrow a 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? Start with an individual quest of some kind undertaken by an attractive hero or heroine, add the weight of a nation, and perhaps humanity, into that character's struggle, sprinkle some awe-inspiring special effects and a general sense of largesse, and don't forget the happy ending, and there you have a recipe for a film that can contain the deepest emotions_fear, hope, insecurity, pride_of a nation, and, sometimes, a world. 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, film buffs will want to read this first book-length treatment of the epic, a wildly popular, infinitely fascinating, and critically underappreciated genre.

Autorentext

By Constantine Santas



Inhalt


Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 1 The Classic Epic Form
Chapter 4 2 The Mythological Epic
Chapter 5 3 The Religious Epic
Chapter 6 4 The Historical Epic
Chapter 7 5 The Women-Centered Epic
Chapter 8 6 The Comic Epic
Chapter 9 7 The Anti-Epic
Chapter 10 8 The Information Age Epic
Chapter 11 9 The International and Art House Epics
Chapter 12 Appendix: Selected DVD Editions
Chapter 13 Selected Bibliography

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Epic in Film
Untertitel: From Myth to Blockbuster
Autor:
EAN: 9780742578562
ISBN: 978-0-7425-7856-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 224
Veröffentlichung: 28.11.2007
Jahr: 2007
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 0.6 MB