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Gazing at Helen: Helen as Polysemous Icon in Robert Wise’s Helen of Troy and Michael Cacoyannis’ The Trojan Women

Bella Vivante

in Ancient Greek Women in Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199678921
eISBN:
9780191760259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678921.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines how depictions of the ancient Greek Helen of Troy in Robert Wise's film Helen of Troy (1956) and Michael Cacoyannis' Trojan Women (1971) cinematically display three concepts of ... More


The Subversive Shade of Black in Film Noir

Charles Scruggs

in Film Noir

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748691074
eISBN:
9781474406420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691074.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

James Baldwin's observation about Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once gives us another perspective. It reminds us that although directors like Lang and others were hamstrung by the Hollywood system and ... More


The Musical That Ate Hollywood

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter begins with 20th Century-Fox’s decision to make a film version of the Broadway musical The Sound of Music. The studio was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, and needed a hit. Veteran ... More


Battle of the Girls

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The premiere of Warner Bros.’s Finian’s Rainbow opens chapter eleven. The lovely score was offset by a bizarre plot and sloppy production values. It performs fairly at the box office. Funny Girl was ... More


Movie Stars

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter introduces Fox’s next big roadshow musical project: Star!, a biographical film based on the life of English actress Gertrude Lawrence. It was tailor-made for Julie Andrews and was to ... More


Do Little

Matthew Kennedy

in Roadshow!: The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199925674
eISBN:
9780190201920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925674.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter recaps the recent good fortune of 20th Century-Fox, and the studio’s immense hopes and confidence in their late 1967 release Doctor Dolittle. This musical film was far more expensive ... More


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