The Encyclopedia of Epic Films

This volume looks at the wide variety of epics produced over the last century—from the silent spectacles of D. W. Griffith and biblical melodramas of Cecil B. DeMille to the historical dramas of David Lean and rollercoaster thrillers of ...

Author: Constantine Santas

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810882485

Category: Performing Arts

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Soon after film came into existence, the term epic was used to describe productions that were lengthy, spectacular, live with action, and often filmed in exotic locales with large casts and staggering budgets. The effort and extravagance needed to mount an epic film paid off handsomely at the box office, for the genre became an immediate favorite with audiences. Epic films survived the tribulations of two world wars and the Depression and have retained the basic characteristics of size and glamour for more than a hundred years. Length was, and still is, one of the traits of the epic, though monolithic three- to four-hour spectacles like Gone with the Wind (1939) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) have been replaced today by such franchises as the Harry Potter films and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although the form has evolved during many decades of existence, its central elements have been retained, refined, and modernized to suit the tastes of every new generation. The Encyclopedia of Epic Films identifies, describes, and analyzes those films that meet the criteria of the epic—sweeping drama, panoramic landscapes, lengthy adventure sequences, and, in many cases, casts of thousands. This volume looks at the wide variety of epics produced over the last century—from the silent spectacles of D. W. Griffith and biblical melodramas of Cecil B. DeMille to the historical dramas of David Lean and rollercoaster thrillers of Steven Spielberg. Each entry contains: Major personnel behind the camera, including directors and screenwriters Cast and character listings Plot summary Analysis Academy Award wins and nominations DVD and Blu-ray availability Resources for further study This volume also includes appendixes of foreign epics, superhero spectaculars, and epics produced for television, along with a list of all the directors in the book. Despite a lack of overall critical recognition and respect as a genre, the epic remains a favorite of audiences, and this book pays homage to a form of mass entertainment that continues to fill movie theaters. The Encyclopedia of Epic Films will be of interest to academics and scholars, as well as any fan of films made on a grand scale.

The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film

9. Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito, and Djomi Baker, “Amadeus (1984),” in The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), 20. 10. Jeongwon Joe, “Reconsidering Amadeus: Mozart as Film Music,” ...

Author: Melissa U. D. Goldsmith

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442269873

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 486

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Musicians, both fictional and real, have long been subjects of cinema. From biopics of composers Beethoven and Mozart to the rise (and often fall) of imaginary bands in The Commitments and Almost Famous, music of all types has inspired hundreds of films. The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film features the most significant productions from around the world, including straightforward biographies, rockumentaries, and even the occasional mockumentary. The wide-ranging scope of this volume allows for the inclusion of films about fictional singers and bands, with emphasis on a variety of themes: songwriter–band relationships, the rise and fall of a career, music saving the day, the promoter’s point of view, band competitions, the traveling band, and rock-based absurdity. Among the films discussed in this book are Amadeus, The Blues Brothers, The Buddy Holly Story, The Commitments, Dreamgirls, The Glenn Miller Story, A Hard Day’s Night, I’m Not There, Jailhouse Rock, A Mighty Wind, Ray, ’Round Midnight, The Runaways, School of Rock, That Thing You Do!, and Walk the Line. With entries that span the decades and highlight a variety of music genres, The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film is a valuable resource for moviegoers and music lovers alike, as well as scholars of both film and music.

Music in Epic Film

The Epic Film in World Culture (New York and London: Routledge, 2011), 1. Burgoyne alludes, of course, to the title of Benedict Anderson's seminal text Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London: ...

Author: Stephen C. Meyer

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317425878

Category: Music

Page: 244

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As both a distinct genre and a particular mode of filmmaking, the idea of the epic has been central to the history of cinema. Including contributions from both established and emerging film music scholars, the ten essays in Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle provide a cross-section of contemporary scholarship on the subject. They explore diverse topics, including the function of music in epic narratives, the socio-political implications of cinematic music, and the use of pre-existing music in epic films. Intended for students and scholars in film music, film appreciation, and media studies, the wide range of topics and the diversity of the films that the authors discuss make Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle an ideal introduction to the field of music in epic film.

The Epic Films of David Lean

Sackett, Susan. Box Office Hits. New York: Billboard Books, 1990. Santas, Constantine. The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. Sarris, Andrew, ed. The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia.

Author: Constantine Santas

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810882102

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

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In this volume, David Lean's now undervalued epics--The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter, and A Passage to India--are restored to the elevated esteem they once held.

To Boldly Go

Constantine Santas, Jim Wilson, Maria Colavito and Djoymi Baker, The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). 29. Pierre Sorlin, The Film in History: Restaging the Past (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1980), p. 20.

Author: Djoymi Baker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781838609740

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 321

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Today's media, cinema and TV screens are host to new manifestations of myth, their modes of storytelling radically transformed from those of ancient Greece. They present us with narratives of contemporary customs and belief systems: our modern-day myths. This book argues that the tools of transmedia merchandising and promotional material shape viewers' experiences of the hit television series Star Trek, to reinforce the mythology of the gargantuan franchise. Media marketing utilises the show's method of recycling the narratives of classical heritage, yet it also looks forward to the future. In this way, it reminds consumers of the Star Trek story's ongoing centrality within popular culture, whether in the form of the original 1960s series, the later additions such as Voyager and Discovery or J. J. Abrams' `reboot' films. Chapters examine how oral and literary traditions have influenced the series structure and its commercial image, how the cosmological role of humanity and the Earth are explored in title sequences across various Star Trek media platforms, and the multi-faceted way in which Internet, video game and event spin-offs create rituals to consolidate the space opera's fan base. Fusing key theory from film, TV, media and folklore studies, as well as anthropology and other specialisms, To Boldly Go is an authoritative guide to the function of myth across the whole Star Trek enterprise.

The Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors

By that time, the international market was calling for her services and she started off playing a nympho in Orson Welles's cryptic, made-in-Paris take on The Trial; then did two epics for Columbia, The Victors, as the violinist who ...

Author: Barry Monush

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781480329980

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 833

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For decades, Screen World has been the film professional's, as well as the film buff's, favorite and indispensable annual screen resource, full of all the necessary statistics and facts. Now Screen World editor Barry Monush has compiled another comprehensive work for every film lover's library. In the first of two volumes, this book chronicles the careers of every significant film actor, from the earliest silent screen stars – Chaplin, Pickford, Fairbanks – to the mid-1960s, when the old studio and star systems came crashing down. Each listing includes: a brief biography, photos from the famed Screen World archives, with many rare shots; vital statistics; a comprehensive filmography; and an informed, entertaining assessment of each actor's contributions – good or bad! In addition to every major player, Monush includes the legions of unjustly neglected troupers of yesteryear. The result is a rarity: an invaluable reference tool that's as much fun to read as a scandal sheet. It pulsates with all the scandal, glamour, oddity and glory that was the lifeblood of its subjects. Contains over 1 000 photos!

Encyclopedia of Anthropology

From time to time, I have fantasized how it would be to direct epic films such as Quo Vadis. As the editor of the Encyclopedia of Anthropology, I come as close as I ever will to directing such a motion picture. This “film” is the human ...

Author: H. James Birx

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781506320038

Category: Social Science

Page: 3128

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This five-volume Encyclopedia of Anthropology is a unique collection of over 1,000 entries that focuses on topics in physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and applied anthropology. Also included are relevant articles on geology, paleontology, biology, evolution, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. The contributions are authored by over 250 internationally renowned experts, professors, and scholars from some of the most distinguished museums, universities, and institutes in the world. Special attention is given to human evolution, primate behavior, genetics, ancient civilizations, sociocultural theories, and the value of human language for symbolic communication.

Film Genre Reader IV

The Stories behind the Scenes of the Great Film Epics. Watford, UK: Illustrated Publications/Argus Books, 1982. Neale, Steve. “Epic Films.” In Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, 4 vols., 2: 133– 138. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007. ———-.

Author: Barry Keith Grant

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292745742

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 784

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From reviews of the third edition: "Film Genre Reader III lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessors, providing an accessible and relatively comprehensive look at genre studies. The anthology's consideration of the advantages and challenges of genre studies, as well as its inclusion of various film genres and methodological approaches, presents a pedagogically useful overview." —Scope Since 1986, Film Genre Reader has been the standard reference and classroom text for the study of genre in film, with more than 25,000 copies sold. Barry Keith Grant has again revised and updated the book to reflect the most recent developments in genre study. This fourth edition adds new essays on genre definition and cycles, action movies, science fiction, and heritage films, along with a comprehensive and updated bibliography. The volume includes more than thirty essays by some of film's most distinguished critics and scholars of popular cinema, including Charles Ramírez Berg, John G. Cawelti, Celestino Deleyto, David Desser, Thomas Elsaesser, Steve Neale, Thomas Schatz, Paul Schrader, Vivian Sobchack, Janet Staiger, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

The Essential Films of Ingrid Bergman

His publications include Aristotelis Valaoritis (1976), Responding to Film (2002), The Epic in Film: From Myth to Blockbuster (2007), The Epics of David Lean (2011), The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014), and The Essential Humphrey ...

Author: Constantine Santas

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538101407

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This book examines each of Ingrid Bergman's most significant films, from her early career in Sweden and her triumphs in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s to her acclaimed performances in the 1970s and 80s. Each entry provides production history, plot summaries, film highlights, and major award details. DVD and Blu-Ray availability are also provided.

The Romanian Cinema of Nationalism

Transnational Cinema and Ideology: Representing Religion, Identity and Cultural Myths. ... “15 Essential Films for an Introduction to the Romanian New Wave” in Taste of Cinema, available at ... The Encyclopedia of Epic Films.

Author: Onoriu Colăcel

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476631011

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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 Prior to the collapse of communism, Romanian historical movies were political, encouraging nationalistic feelings and devotion to the state. Vlad the Impaler and other such iconic figures emerged as heroes rather than loathsome bloodsuckers, celebrating a shared sense of belonging. The past decade has, however, presented Romanian films in which ordinary people are the stars—heroes, go-getters, swindlers and sore losers. The author explores a wide selection, old and new, of films set in the Romanian past.