Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays

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Kevin J. Harty
McFarland, Jan 1, 2002 - Performing Arts - 307 pages
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The legends of King Arthur have not only endured for centuries, but also flourished in constant retellings and new stories built around the central themes of the legends. Clearly, soon after movie-making was underway, Arthur was destined to hit the screen.
This revised edition of Cinema Arthuriana presents 20 essays on the topic of the recurring presence of the legend of King Arthur in film and television from 1904 to 2001. Four of the essays included are taken directly from the previous edition, ten are revised from the original, and six are newly written. The essays cover such films as Excalibur (1981), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), television productions up to the televised version of The Mists of Avalon (2001), and French and German films about the Quest for the Holy Grail and the other adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
An Overview
7
Mythopoeia in Excalibur
34
Elements of Setting in John Boormans
44
Morgan and the Problem of Incest
54
The Black Knight and the American Dream
64
Tortilla Flat and the Arthurian View
71
Adapting Bernard Malamuds
80
Madness with a Definite Method
127
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
136
Blank Syberberg and the German Arthurian Tradition
177
Thames Television Strikes Back
185
Will the Reel Mordred Please Stand Up? Strategies
199
Filming the Tristan Myth
211
Fable and Poesie in Cocteaus Lliternel Retour 1943
220
Arms and Armor in Arthurian Films
235

The Film Versions
96
The Ironic Tradition in Four Arthurian Films
110
The Sword in the Stone and Camelot
118
A Comprehensive Filmography
252
Index
303
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Harty is professor of English at La Salle University in Philadelphia and assocaite editor of Arthuriana, the official journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.

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