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Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema Paperback – June 21, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0195130041 ISBN-10: 0195130049

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"A fascinating satura lanx: a collection of essays which provides the reader with a very valuable diversity of approaches.... This book must be considered a crucial and innovative contribution to the fields of classical philology, comparative literature, and film analysis; and, at the same time, pleasant reading for a larger public interested in cinema and literature.... The innovative value and the extraordinary quality of the book show the vitality of classical tradition in contemporary culture and the hermeneutic importance of the 'fusion between past and present.'"--Classical World

"One of the most striking interpretative studies of cinematic texts.... In his valuable and well-structured introduction Martin M. Winkler describes the theoretical background and history of Film Philology.... A rewarding and engaging collection of varied essays on classics and cinema covering discussions of common patterns and motifs in non-classical films as well as the interpretation of ancient text from the perspective of cinema...and film criticism.... This informative collection is helpful for both classicists with an interest in film philology and film criticism and for film-literate readers with an interest in classical themes, inducing them to watch a particular film again and to think anew about it."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Intertextual readings enrich our appreciation of the films, but these essays also offer new ways to interpret the ancient texts.... [Winkler's] deliberate selection of the widest possible cross section of approaches to the interface of classical culture and cinema ensures that the reader will find something among the diverse essays to inspire new readings and fresh insights in film and ancient text alike."--Amphora

Praise for the previous edition: "The collection bears testimony to the fruitful possibilities of combining 'ancient' knowledge with cinematic perspectives.... There are pleasures to mine [here]."--Film Quarterly

"Lively, often meticulously researched, well-structured, and--not least of its virtues--unpredictable."--The Classical Review

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Martin M. Winkler is at George Mason University.

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