From Maciste to Maximus & Co.: the fragmented hero in the new epic

Elliott, Andrew (2011) From Maciste to Maximus & Co.: the fragmented hero in the new epic. In: Of muscles and men: sword and sandal films. McFarland, Jefferson, NC, pp. 58-74. ISBN 0786461624

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Few movie genres have highlighted the male body more effectively than the "sword-and-sandal" film, where the rippling torso and the bulging muscle are displayed for all to appreciate. Carrying his phallic sword and dressed in traditional garb calculated to bring attention to his magnificent physique, the sword-and-sandal hero is capable of toppling great nations, rescuing heroines, defeating monsters, and generally saving the day. Each of these essays examines the issues of masculinity and utility addressed in the sword-and-sandal genre. The contributors offer insights on a film form which showcases its male protagonists as heroic, violent, fleshy, and, in the end, extremely useful.

Keywords:peplum, film studies, epic film, Gender, Masculinity, Gladiator (film), Historical film, Classical antiquity on film
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V110 Ancient History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:6017
Deposited On:01 Aug 2012 14:18

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