A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World 1. Aufl.
A comprehensive treatment of the Classical World in film and television, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen closely examines the films and TV shows centered on Greek and Roman cultures and explores the tension between pagan and Christian worlds. Written by a team of experts in their fields, this work considers productions that discuss social settings as reflections of their times and as indicative of the technical advances in production and the economics of film and television. Productions included are a mix of Hollywood and European spanning from the silent film era though modern day television series, and topics discussed include Hollywood politics in film, soundtrack and sound design, high art and low art, European art cinemas, and the ancient world as comedy. Written for students of film and television as well as those interested in studies of ancient Rome and Greece, A Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen provides comprehensive, current thinking on how the depiction of Ancient Greece and Rome on screen has developed over the past century. It reviews how films of the ancient world mirrored shifting attitudes towards Christianity, the impact of changing techniques in film production, and fascinating explorations of science fiction and technical fantasy in the ancient world on popular TV shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and Dr. Who.
Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1Arthur J. Pomeroy PART I The Development of the Depiction of Ancient Greece and Rome on Screen 15 1 Greece and Rome on Screen: On the Possibilities and Promises of a New Medium 17Pantelis Michelakis 2 The Creation of the Epic: Italian Silent Film to 1915 37Irmbert Schenk 3 From 1916 to the Arrival of Sound: The Systematization, Expressivity and Self?–reflection of the Feature Film 61Maria Wyke 4 The Resurgence of Epics in the 1950s: Classical Antiquity in Post?–war Hollywood 91Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos 5 Hollywood Ascendant: Ben?–Hur and Spartacus 119Fiona Radford 6 The Peplum Era 145Arthur J. Pomeroy PART II Comedy, Drama, and Adaptation 161 7 Hollywood Meets Art?-House Cinema: Michael Cacoyannis’s “Hybrid” Euripidean Trilogy 163Anastasia Bakogianni 8 Greek Tragedy as Theater in Screen?-Media 187Meredith E. Safran 9 Greece and Rome on the Comic Screen 209Lisa Maurice 10 The Return of a Genre 233Jerry Benjamin Pierce 11 Franco Rossi’s Adaptations of the Classics 253Arthur J. Pomeroy 12 I, Claudius and Ancient Rome as Televised Period Drama 271Juliette Harrisson 13 Premium Cable Television 293Monica S. Cyrino 14 Thinking through the Ancient World: “Late Antique Movies” as a Mirror of Shifting Attitudes towardsChristian Religion 307Filippo Carlà?–Uhink 15 Non?-western Approaches to the Ancient World: India and Japan—Classical Heritage or Exotic Occidentalism? 329Anja Wieber PART III Film Production and Ancient World Cinema 349 16 Man to Man: Music and Masculine Relations in Ben?–Hur (1925 and 1959) 351Stephan Prock 17 Visual Poetry on Screen: Sets and Costumes for Ancient Greek Tragedy 385Alejandro Valverde García 18 Filming the Ancient World: Have Film Historians Made a Spectacular Omission of Epic Proportions? 403Harriet Margolis PART IV The Ancient World as an Idea 427 19 High Art and Low Art Expectations: Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture 429Alastair J. L. Blanshard 20 “Soft” Science Fiction and Technical Fantasy: The Ancient World in Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica and Dr Who 449Otta Wenskus 21 The Ancient World is Part of Us: Classical Tragedy in Modern Film and Television 467Anastasia Bakogianni 22 Ancient World Documentaries 491Fiona Hobden 23 Mythology for the Young at Heart 515Martin Lindner Index 535
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