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Introduction: The Return of the Epic

Andrew B. R. Elliott

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction offers an overview of the return of the epic. It begins by questioning whether Gladiator marks a return of the epic, examining the conditions which surrounded the film’s return, both ... More


The Return of the Epic Film

Andrew Elliott (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

With the success of Gladiator, both critics and scholars enthusiastically announced the return of a genre which had lain dormant for thirty years. However, this return raises important new questions ... More


Defining the Epic: Medieval and Fantasy Epics

Paul B. Sturtevant

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The medieval historical epic and the fantasy epic genres have distinct tropes and exemplars. Fantasy epics often take place in a fictional world, involve struggles of good versus evil and include, to ... More


Special Effects, Reality and the New Epic Film

Andrew B. R. Elliott

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

With the return of the historical epic to our screens, advances in CGI and digital effects have allowed for even greater (and sometimes cheaper) special effects to return along with them. Matte ... More


Lawrence of Arabia: A Film's Anthropology

Steven Caton

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520210820
eISBN:
9780520919891
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520210820.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Combining ethnography, film criticism, and extensive knowledge of the Middle East, this book presents an examination of the classic film, Lawrence of Arabia. The book is interested in why this epic ... More


Colour in the Epic Film: Alexander and Hero

Robert Burgoyne

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A key feature of the epic genre since the appearance of the tinted and stencilled Italian epics of the 1910s, colour technology and design constitutes a direct line of formal innovation that extends ... More


Epic Stumbling Blocks

Saër Maty Bâ

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter challenges the blind spots of the epic film, in what is here termed an ‘epic stumbling block’. Carrying forward ongoing studies of ‘black’ bodies as unchained to conceptions, this ... More


The Greatest Epic of the Twenty-first Century?

Deborah Bridge

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

One epic series in particular fulfils a number of definitions of the epic without itself being considered epic. It not only embraces “popular trends and ideals that define or represent an era” and ... More


Film and the Classical Epic Tradition

Joanna Paul

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199542925
eISBN:
9780191745881
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542925.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book explores the cultural significance of labelling certain films as ‘epics’, arguing that there is a meaningful relationship between films set in antiquity and the classical epic tradition. ... More


‘There’s Nothing So Wrong with a Hollywood Script That a Bunch of Giant CGI Scorpions Can’t Solve’: Politics, Computer Generated Images and Camp in the Critical Reception of the Post- Gladiator Historical Epics

Mark Jancovich

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Although many historical epics of the 1950s and 1960s are now regarded as cinema classics, their critical reception on their original release was quite different. These films were often seen as ... More


Popcorn and Circus: An Audience Expects

Robert Stow

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The recreation of the ancient world in film has long been a popular area of study amongst classicists, with the main focus being the genre’s alleged disregard for historical fact. The academic view ... More


Sir Ridley Scott and the Rebirth of the Historical Epic

Jeffrey Richards

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The scriptwriter of Gladiator David Franzoni said: “The movie is about us. It is not about Ancient Rome, it’s about America”. The same might be said of Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood. In all three ... More


The Ramayana and Sita in Films and Popular Media: The Repositioning of a Globalised Version

Aarttee Kaul Dhar

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Sita is a leading female icon of India, and Ramayana forms a key part of India’s epic heritage, yet her character remains largely unknown in popular films outside India. With three hundred variations ... More


The Future of Epic in Cinema: Tropes of Reproduction in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Pantelis Michelakis

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the ways in which the generic label of ‘epic’ might be deemed relevant for Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus (2012), and more broadly for the ways in which a discussion about the ... More


Pass the Ammunition: A Short Etymology of ‘Blockbuster’

Sheldon Hall

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

As a slang term, the word ‘blockbuster’ has enjoyed unusual longevity. First applied on a regular basis to motion pictures in the early 1950s, it has remained in use to this day to become a ... More


The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and America since the Second World War: Some Cinematic Parallels

Kevin J. Harty

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The founding fathers of the American Republic intentionally looked to Ancient Rome rather than to Ancient Greece as a guide for their shining new cities on the hill. More recently, screeds lamenting ... More


Historical Myth on Screen in the 1960s: With and Without Ideology

Martin M. Winkler

in Arminius the Liberator: Myth and Ideology

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190252915
eISBN:
9780190252939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190252915.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The fall of the Third Reich ended the pervasive distortions of a heroic past and brought about a strong reaction against such manipulation. This chapter shows that the myth of Arminius underwent a ... More


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