Cinema and Classical Texts: Apollos New Light by Martin M. WinklerCinema and Classical Texts: Apollos New Light by Martin M. Winkler

Cinema and Classical Texts: Apollos New Light

byMartin M. Winkler

Paperback | May 10, 2012

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This book was first published in 2009. Apollo was the ancient god of light and the divine patron of the arts. He is therefore a fitting metaphor for cinematography, which is the modern art of writing with moving light. This book interprets films as visual texts and provides the first systematic theoretical and practical demonstration of the affinities between Greco-Roman literature and the cinema. It examines major themes from classical myth and history such as film portrayals of gods, exemplified by Apollo and the Muses; Oedipus, antiquity's most influential mythic-tragic hero; the question of heroism and patriotism in war; and the representation of women like Helen of Troy and Cleopatra as products of male desire and fantasy. Covering a wide range of European and American directors, genres and classical authors, this study provides an innovative perspective on the two disciplines of classics and cinema and demonstrates our most influential medium's unlimited range when it adapts ancient texts.
Title:Cinema and Classical Texts: Apollos New LightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:362 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1107404363

ISBN - 13:9781107404366


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: the god of light and the cinema eye; 1. A certain tendency in classical philology; 2. Divine epiphanies: Apollo and the Muses; 3. The complexities of Oedipus; 4. Patriotism and war: 'Sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country'; 5. Helen of Troy: marriage and adultery according to Hollywood; 6. Women in love; Epilogues: 'Bright shines the light'; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the best known authorities on antiquity in various ways in which classical culture has directly or indirectly shaped the medium of film....this book is driven by a principled enthusiasm....It is an important resource...because it makes a compelling case for mutual benefit between film studies and classical studies." -Classical Review