Old Stories and Contemporary Issues in Films about Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Idealistic Thinking, Sex, Lies, and Video Political Agendas
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This volume creates awareness among spectators about the differences between the past and the present, the importance of understanding the past-present relationship, and the reasons behind reconstructions that distort the past in films about Antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Following a historical approach, Old Stories and Contemporary Issues in Films about Antiquity and the Middle Ages examines the period in which films are produced and the era to which they refer. To show that the absence of a solid historical basis can damage the propagation of good intentions, films that contain political propaganda and stereotypes are examined alongside those that promote tolerance, the condemnation of war and violence, and women’s rights. For example, analysis of films such as Alexander Nevsky (1938), Spartacus (1960), and 300 (2007) reveals a variety of agendas such as White-Supremacist video agendas during the War in Iraq, European Communism, and the promotion of anachronistic ideals in 1950s America.
Old Stories and Contemporary Issues in Films about Antiquity and the Middle Ages is useful for undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars interested in the Antiquity and Middle Ages, the relationship between films and history, and modern uses of the past.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Invaders and heroes 2. Inspiring models of independence, unity, and identity 3. Leftist social and political topics in 1960s and 1970s movies 4. Video right-wing agendas 5. Medieval Muslims and Christians, and modern agendas for the Middle East 6. Medieval Christians and Muslims, and wishful thinking during the war in Iraq (2003 – 2005) 7. The Black Death, existentialism, old and new fears, and private matters 8. Women, brotherhood, equality, and the land of opportunity
Luigi Andrea Berto is Professor of History at Western Michigan University (USA) and teaches classes on pre-modern History and on Film and History. His research focuses on Medieval Italy and the Mediterranean, with a special interest in the use and the representation of the past in the modern period.