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Cinema Arthuriana : twenty essays
Harty, Kevin J.
Revised edition.
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

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x, 307 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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PN1995.9.A75 C5 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Editor Kevin J. Harty is professor of English at La Salle University in Philadelphia

Table of Contents

Kevin J. HartyNorris J. LacyMuriel WhitakerJacqueline de WeeverAlan LupackJohn Christopher KleisBarbara Tepa LupackKevin J. HartyRaymond H. ThompsonAlice GrellnerDavid D. DayDonald L. HoffmanJeff Rider and Richard Hull and Christopher Smith and Michael Carnes and Sasha Foppiano and Annie HessleinSandra GorgievskiUlrich MullerRobert J. Blanch and Julian N. WassermanMichael A. TorregrossaMeradith T. McMunnJoan Tasker Grimbert and Robert SmarzHelmut NickelKevin J. Harty
Prefacep. 1
The Contributorsp. 3
1. Cinema Arthuriana: An Overviewp. 7
2. Mythopoeia in Excaliburp. 34
3. Fire, Water, Rock: Elements of Setting in John Boorman's Excalibur and Steve Barron's Merlinp. 44
4. Morgan and the Problem of Incestp. 54
5. An Enemy in Our Midst: The Black Knight and the American Dreamp. 64
6. Tortilla Flat and the Arthurian Viewp. 71
7. The Retreat from Camelot: Adapting Bernard Malamud's The Natural to Filmp. 80
8. Cinematic American Camelots Lost and Found: The Film Versions of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and George Romero's Knightridersp. 96
9. The Ironic Tradition in Four Arthurian Filmsp. 110
10. Two Films That Sparkle: The Sword in the Stone and Camelotp. 118
11. Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Madness with a Definite Methodsp. 127
12. Not Dead Yet: Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 136
13. The Arthurian Legend in French Cinema: Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac and Eric Rohmer's Perceval le Galloisp. 149
14. From Stage to Screen: The Dramatic Compulsion in French Cinema and Denis Llorca's Les Chevaliers de la table ronde (1990)p. 163
15. Blank, Syberberg, and the German Arthurian Traditionp. 177
16. Gawain on Film (The Remake): Thames Television Strikes Backp. 185
17. Will the "Reel" Mordred Please Stand Up? Strategies for Representing Mordred in American and British Arthurian Filmp. 199
18. Filming the Tristan Mythp. 211
19. Fable and Poesie in Cocteau's L'Eternel Retour (1943)p. 220
20. Arms and Armor in Arthurian Filmsp. 235
21. Cinema Arthuriana: A Comprehensive Filmography and Bibliographyp. 252
Indexp. 303