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Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984)
Melanie Williams

Feminising the epic: Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and A  Passage to India (1984) 6 At the acme of its popularity and power, the epic film’s entanglement with questions of masculinity was unquestionable. There had been female-centred film epics before, most famously Gone with the Wind (1939) but during its postwar Hollywood heyday, the genre’s heroes were almost without exception men and its concerns predominantly masculine in tenor. Films such as Ben-Hur (1959), Spartacus (1960), El Cid (1961) and indeed Lean’s own Lawrence of Arabia provided

in David Lean
Hollywood, Christians and the American Culture Wars
Karen Patricia Heath

and idiots and failures and creeps. But we’re called to the divine, we’re called to be better than our nature would have us be. And those big realms that are warring and battling are going to manifest themselves very clearly, seemingly without reason, here – a realm that we can see. And you stick your head up and you get knocked. (Gibson quoted in Boyer 2003 ) Mel Gibson’s emotional commentary on the significance of his biblical epic, the self-financed The Passion of the Christ ( 2004 ), followed on the heels of a major public controversy that saw numerous

in The Bible onscreen in the new millennium
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Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order revisited
James Dunkerley

137 6 James Dunkerley Chaotic epic: Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order revisited I believe the United States and the West should attempt to promote human rights and democracy in other societies, but I do not think it desirable to do this by military force and I do believe it is essential to recognise the difficulties of promoting democracy in poor societies with cultures very different from that of the West.1 At a 1997 Harvard conference, scholars reported that the elites of countries comprising at least two

in American foreign policy
Christine E. Hallett

9 Epic romance on Western and Eastern Fronts Introduction: the romance of volunteer work Most volunteer nurses of the First World War were female, young, and – within the limits of their time – well educated. They were more likely than trained nurses to publish memoirs of the war. Somewhat paradoxically, they were also more likely to write about the intricacies of nursing practice. While the writings of trained nurses focused on the courage and endurance of patients, those of volunteers emphasised the drama of nursing itself. Chapter  8 explored the ways in

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Mikel J. Koven

rankles when due care is not taken in keeping these genres distinct. Sylvie Magerstädt, in addition to reducing myths to their archetypes, also confuses the genres when she refers to ‘the narrative elements that unite most myths, epics, fairy-tales and the like’ ( 2015 : 90). The same holds true for Melanie Wright, whose analysis of the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy ( 2001–3 ) sees such works of high fantasy as mythological, rather than as fairy-tale ( 2007 : 5); the difference between the two being primarily the commentary on the sacredness of work in

in The Bible onscreen in the new millennium
Andrew B. R. Elliott

Within the epic film broadly understood, special effects often fulfil a curious double function. First, they are the means by which impossible, spectacular past worlds can be represented; yet, in their second capacity, those same effects can be designed to convince viewers of the reality of that spectacle. They are consequently vehicles to render past worlds both in credible and credible. Accordingly, underpinning the use of special effects in the creation of epic films are two seemingly contradictory impulses. The first is what Shilo McClean terms

in The Bible onscreen in the new millennium
Eugène Vinaver
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
R. S. Conway
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
A. D. Morrison

The letter collections of Greco-Roman antiquity dwarf in total size all of ancient drama or epic combined, but they have received far less attention than (say) the plays of Euripides or the epics of Homer or Virgil. Although classicists have long realised the crucial importance of the order and arrangement of poems into ‘poetry books’ for the reading and reception both of individual poems and the collection as a whole, the importance of order and arrangement in collections of letters and the consequences for their interpretation have long been neglected. This piece explores some of the most important Greek letter collections, such as the Letters attributed to Plato, and examines some of the key problems in studying and editing collections of such ancient letters.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library