The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film: From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher Kings (Bibliographies and Indexes in American History)

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This is the first book to examine the various uses of the Arthurian legend in Hollywood film, covering films from the 1920s to the present. The authors use five representational categories: intertextual collage (or cult film); melodrama, which focuses on the love triangle; conservative propaganda, pervasive during the Cold War; the Hollywood epic; and the postmodern quest, which commonly employs the grail portion of the legend. Arguing that filmmakers rely on the audience's rudimentary familiarity with the legend, the authors show that only certain features of the legend are activated at any particular time. This fascinating study shows us how the legend has been adapted and how through the popular medium of Hollywood films, the Arthurian legend has survived and flourished.

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This is the first book to examine the various uses of the Arthurian legend in Hollywood film, covering films from the 1920s to the present.

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Often, critical comments on how Hollywood has used a literary source are delivered in a patronizing voice harping on 'unfaithfulness' to the text. And rarely does a book that comments on a number of Hollywood productions demonstrate scholarly literary anlysis. Rebecca Umland and Samuel Umland are critics who judge a film impartially, considering the intentions of its makers, and who bring to bear extensive scholarship on the Arthurian legend...A valuable addition to any college library in the world.

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