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The ancient world on the cinematic screen has recently been resurging. Digital effects have enabled new worlds to be developed for television and cinema, allowing classic sword-and-sandal flicks to be reimagined with emerging technologies. These mythical, biblical, and historical accounts from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt have been marketed and distributed worldwide as major theatrical releases. Despite generally negative reviews, the classics keep coming—with a new Ben Hur scheduled for release at the end of summer in 2016. Considering Jeffrey Richards’ argument that “historical films are always about the time in which they are made and never about the time in which they are set” (2008), what does the resurgence of ancient themes in cinema mean? What are the reasons they are being produced despite hit-and-miss reviews?
FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 22-23-24-25-26/03/2017
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago (Illinois, USA)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Braden Lee Scott
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