Greek mythology
in J. Lee Thompson
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This chapter discusses J. Lee Thompson's The Guns of Navarone, which was a Second World War movie based on Alistair MacLean's tale of a desperate mission to destroy German cannon on a Greek island. Guns' prologue is set on the Acropolis where this story's connection to classical myth is emphasised with a voiceover which refers to 'the legend of Navarone'. Carl Foreman's screenplay attempts to develop psychological complexity and dramatic tension in its reconstruction of Maclean's band of saboteurs. Similarly, it seeks to widen and intensify the discursive elements of MacLean's text, sharpening its moral issues and underlining its allusions to classical mythology. Lee Thompson introduced audiences to what cinema would become in the age of the multiplex. He was aided by some immaculate cinemascope photography from Oswald Morris, who had learnt how to shoot seas.


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