The return of the epic film: genre, aesthetics and history in the 21st century

Elliott, Andrew (2014) The return of the epic film: genre, aesthetics and history in the 21st century. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748684021, 9781474402842

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Abstract

This book explores the return of the 'epic' in 21st-century cinema. With the success of Gladiator, both critics and scholars enthusiastically announced the return of a genre which had lain dormant for 30 years. However, this return raises important new questions which remain unanswered. Why did the epic come back, and why did it fall out of fashion? Are these the same kinds of epics as the 1950s and 60s, or are there aesthetic differences? Can we treat Kingdom of Heaven, 300 and Thor indiscriminately as one genre? Are non-Western histories like Hero and Mongol epics, too? Finally, what precisely do we mean when we talk about the return of the epic film, and why are they back? The Return of the Epic Film offers a fresh way of thinking about a body of films which has dominated our screens for a decade. With contributions from top scholars in the field, the collection adopts a range of interdisciplinary perspectives to explore the epic film in the 21st century.

Keywords:Film, Epic film, History (General)
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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ID Code:15071
Deposited On:26 Sep 2014 09:37

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