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The Return of the Epic Film


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Introduction: The Return of the Epic, Andrew B.R. Elliott; Part I: Epics and Ancient History; Sir Ridley Scott and the Rebirth of the Epic, Jeffrey Richards; The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and America since the Second World War: Some Cinematic Parallels, Kevin J. Harty; There's Nothing So Wrong with a Hollywood Script that a Bunch of Giant CGI Scorpions Can't Solve: Politics, Computer Generated Images and Camp in the Critical Reception of the Post-Gladiator Historical Epics: Mark Jancovich; Popcorn and Circus: An Audience Expects, Robert Stow; Part II: Epic Aesthetics and Genre; Colour in the Epic Film: Alexander and Hero, Robert Burgoyne; Defining the Epic: Medieval and Fantasy Epics, Paul Sturtevant; Special Effects, Reality, and the New Epic, Andrew B.R. Elliott; Part III: Epic Films and the Canon; Pass the Ammunition: A Short Etymology of Blockbuster, Sheldon Hall; Epic Stumbling Blocks, Saer Maty Ba; The Greatest Epic of the 21st Century? Deborah Bridge; Ramayana and Sita in Films and Popular Media: The Repositioning of a Globalised Version, Aarttee Kaul Dhar.

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Andrew B. R. Elliott is Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, UK, where he works on the depiction of history in popular culture.

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