Greek Tragedy on Screen

Greek Tragedy on Screen

Hardback Classical Presences

By (author) Pantelis Michelakis

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 218mm x 20mm | 524g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019923907X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199239078
  • Illustrations note: 34 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,104,458

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Greek Tragedy on Screen considers a wide range of films which engage openly with narrative and performative aspects of Greek tragedy. This volume situates these films within the context of on-going debates in film criticism and reception theory in relation to theoretical or critical readings of tragedy in contemporary culture. Michelakis argues that film adaptations of Greek tragedy need to be placed between the promises of cinema for a radical popular culture, and the divergent cultural practices and realities of commercial films, art-house films, silent cinema, and films for television, home video, and DVD. In an age where the boundaries between art and other forms of cultural production are constantly intersected and reconfigured, the appeal of Greek tragedy for the screen needs to be related to the longing it triggers for origins and authenticity, as well as to the many uncertainties, such as homelessness, violence, and loss of identity, with which it engages. The films discussed include not only critically recognized films by directors such Michael Cacoyannis, Jules Dassin, and Pier Paolo Pasolini, but also more recent films by Woody Allen, Tony Harrison, Werner Herzog, and Lars von Trier. Moreover, it also considers earlier and largely neglected films of cinematic traditions which lie outside Hollywood.

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Pantelis Michelakis is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Bristol. His research interests are in the fields of Greek literature, theatre and culture, and their reception in the modern world. He is the author of Achilles in Greek Tragedy (CUP, 2002) and Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis (Duckworth, 2006). He has also coedited Homer, Tragedy and Beyond: Essays in Honour of PE Easterling (SPHS 2002), Agamemnon in Performance, 458 BC - AD 2004 (OUP, 2005), and The Ancient World in Silent Cinema (CUP, 2013).

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Michelakis ... identified an astonishing number of films based on Greek tragedies, work dating back to the earlisest days of cinema ... Recommended. W.A. Vincent, CHOICE

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; ILLUSTRATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. Spectatorship ; 2. Canonicity ; 3. Adaptation ; 4. Word and Image ; 5. Media ; 6. Genre ; 7. History ; 8. Time ; 9. Space ; AFTERWORD ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; FILMOGRAPHY ; INDEX