Constantine Santas encourages us to wonder why critics have routinely dismissed the epic film. In The Epic in Film, Santas argues that 'blockbuster' and 'artistic' are not mutually exclusive terms and that epic film is an inherently profound genre in its ability to tap into a nation's dreams and fears. Whether you love Gone with the Wind or hate Troy, find Akira Kurosawa's films brilliant or marvel over the Matrix trilogy, film buffs will want to read this book.
Constantine Santas is professor emeritus and former chair in the Department of English at Flagler College, Florida. He is the author of Responding to Film and has translated several works from Greek to English.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 The Classic Epic Form Chapter 4 2 The Mythological Epic Chapter 5 3 The Religious Epic Chapter 6 4 The Historical Epic Chapter 7 5 The Women-Centered Epic Chapter 8 6 The Comic Epic Chapter 9 7 The Anti-Epic Chapter 10 8 The Information Age Epic Chapter 11 9 The International and Art House Epics Chapter 12 Appendix: Selected DVD Editions Chapter 13 Selected Bibliography