Chr. Davies, Blockbusters and the Ancient World Allegory and Warfare in Contemporary Hollywood

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Chris Davies, Blockbusters and the Ancient World Allegory and Warfare in Contemporary Hollywood, Londres-Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Bloomsbury Academic
256 pages
ISBN : 9781788313117
85 £

Following the release of Ridley Scott's Gladiator in 2000 the ancient world epic has experienced a revival in studio and audience interest. Building on existing scholarship on the Cold War epics of the 1950s-60s, including Ben-Hur, Spartacus and The Robe, this original study explores the current cycle of ancient world epics in cinema within the social and political climate created by September 11th 2001. Examining films produced against the backdrop of the War on Terror and subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, this book assesses the relationship between mainstream cinema and American society through depictions of the ancient world, conflict and faith. Davies explores how these films evoke depictions of WWII, the Vietnam War and the Western in portraying warfare in the ancient world, as well discussing the influence of genre hybridisation, narration and reception theory. He questions the extent to which ancient world epics utilise allegory, analogy and allusion to parallel past and present in an industry often dictated by market forces. Featuring analysis of Alexander, Troy, 300, Centurion, The Eagle, The Passion of the Christ and more, this book offers new insight on the continued evolution of the ancient world epic in cinema.


Introduction

Chapter One: War & Empire: The Ancient World Epic, Combat Films and Genre
Chapter Two: The Time of Achilles: Memory and Warfare in Troy (2004)
Chapter Three: The Dreamers Exhaust Us: Storytellers and the Combat Film in Alexander (2004)
Chapter Four: Is This Sparta?: War, Freedom and America in 300 (2007)
Chapter Five: Body Politics: Gods, Men and Monsters in 300 (2007) and Greek Mythological Epics
Chapter Six: Land of the Free, Rome of the Brave: Faith, Torture and Imperialism in King Arthur (2004)
Chapter Seven: American Eagle: Imperialism in The Last Legion (2007), Centurion (2010) and The Eagle (2011)
Chapter Eight: Rome on the Range: The Western in King Arthur (2004), Centurion (2010) and The Eagle (2011)
Chapter Nine: Religious Violence: Christianity and Extremism in Agora (2009)
Chapter Ten: Passion Project: Faith, Horror, and Propaganda in The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Chapter Eleven: The New Wave: Tales of Hercules and The Return of the Biblical Epic

Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Filmography
Endnotes

 

Source : Bloomsbury Academic

 

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