Ancient Rome at the Cinema: Story and Spectacle in Hollywood and Rome by Elena TheodorakopoulosAncient Rome at the Cinema: Story and Spectacle in Hollywood and Rome by Elena Theodorakopoulos

Ancient Rome at the Cinema: Story and Spectacle in Hollywood and Rome

byElena Theodorakopoulos

Paperback | September 15, 2010

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Ancient Rome at the Cinema is a lucid study of the worlds created in Roman historical epics. Based on analysis of the visual and narrative fabric of seven films set in Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome at the Cinema demonstrates how cinematic versions of Ancient Rome have been able to captivate us,and inscribe their versions of the city and its history onto our imagination. Theodorakopoulos uses film theory and criticism to examine the ways in which historical drama creates the past through story-telling and visual effects. Particular emphasis is put on the tension between narrative andspectacle which is an inherent feature of cinema, and a long-standing preoccupation of film critics and theorists from the 1930s to the present. The book also examines the techniques and the rhetoric of realism which feature especially prominently in historical films. Ancient Rome at the Cinema is a companion volume to Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture by Gideon Nisbet (9781904675785, 2008, 2nd edition).
Elena Theodorakopoulos is a lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. She has recently co-edited The Rhetoric of Advice in Greece and Rome (2007) with Diana Spencer and has written chapters for The Sites of Rome: Time, Space, Memory (2007), edited by D. Larmour and D. Spencer, and Blackwell Companion to Catullus (2007), ed...
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Title:Ancient Rome at the Cinema: Story and Spectacle in Hollywood and RomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.31 × 5.31 × 0.71 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:190467528X

ISBN - 13:9781904675280

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction
1. Narrative and Spectacle, Realism and Illusion, and the Historical Film
2. Ben-Hur: ‘Tale of the Christ’ or Tale of Rome?
3. Spartacus and the Politics of Story-Telling
4. The Fall of the Roman Empire: The Filmmaker as Historian
5. Gladiator: Making it New?
6. Fellini Satyricon: ‘Farewell to Antiquity’ or ‘Daily Life in Ancient Rome’?
7. Titus: Rome and the Penny Arcade
Conclusion

Notes
Further Reading and Viewing
Bibliography
Filmography
Index