By Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos
This quantity examines cinematic representations of historic Greek girls from the nation-states of fantasy and historical past. It discusses how those woman figures are resurrected at the immense display through diverse filmmakers in the course of diversified ancient moments, and are accordingly embedded inside of a story which serves a number of reasons, reckoning on the director of the movie, its screenwriters, the studio, the rustic of its foundation, and the sociopolitical context on the time of its production.
Using a various array of hermeneutic techniques (such as gender idea, feminist feedback, psychoanalysis, viewer-response conception, and private voice criticism), the essays target to forged mild on cinema's investments within the classical earlier and decode the mechanisms wherein the ladies less than exam are extracted from their unique context and are dropped at lifestyles to function cars for the articulation of recent rules, issues, and cultural developments. the amount hence goals to enquire not just how antiquity at the reveal depicts, and during this technique distorts, compresses, contests, and revises, antiquity at the web page but in addition, extra crucially, why the medium follows such eclectic representational ideas vis-a-vis the classical international.
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Rule, and . . 78 In good thematic company, The Trojan Women was released on the heels of Costa Gavras’ Z, a 1969 French-language indictment of the Greek ruling junta (in which Irene Papas plays Hélène, the Deputy’s wife), and just after a 1970 tidal wave of major war-centred ﬁlms, including Catch-22, Little Big Man, M*A*S*H (Best Comedy, Golden Globe and Palme d’Or), Patton (Best Picture, Academy Awards), Soldier Blue, and Tora! Tora! Tora! Together these ﬁlms provided a gritty palliative to the year’s highest grossing ﬁlm and Golden Globe winner for best drama, Love Story.
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