Ancient Rome at the Cinema: Story and Spectacle in Hollywood and Rome (Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live)
By: Elena Theodorakopoulos (author)Paperback
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This study of depictions of ancient Rome in film concentrates on the idea of spectacle, and how this relates to narrative. In her readings of six films (Ben-Hur, Spartacus, the Fall of the Roman Empire, Gladiator, Fellini Satyricon and Titus) Theodorakopoulos looks at how spectacle is used to draw the audience into the story, but at the same time to provide a critique of spectacle, through its identification with oppression, and violence as entertainment, and through its ambiguous place as a narrative pivot in the storytelling.
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), edited by M. Skinner.
List of Illustrations vi Introduction 1 1 Narrative and Spectacle, Realism and Illusion, and the Historical Film 9 2 Ben-Hur: 'Tale of the Christ' or Tale of Rome? 30 3 Spartacus and the Politics of Story-Telling 51 4 The Fall of the Roman Empire: The Filmmaker as Historian 77 5 Gladiator: Making it New? 96 6 Fellini Satyricon: 'Farewell to Antiquity' or 'Daily Life in Ancient Rome'? 122 7 Titus: Rome and the Penny Arcade 145 Conclusion 168 Notes 173 Further Reading and Viewing 186 Bibliography 190 Filmography 196 Index
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