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Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film: From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher Kings Samuel J Umland

Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film: From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher Kings

Samuel J Umland

Published January 1st 1996
ISBN : 9781282407053
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205 pages
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This is the first book to examine the various uses of the Arthurian legend in Hollywood film, covering films from the 1920s to the present. The authors use five representational categories: intertextual collage (or cult film)- melodrama, whichMoreThis is the first book to examine the various uses of the Arthurian legend in Hollywood film, covering films from the 1920s to the present. The authors use five representational categories: intertextual collage (or cult film)- melodrama, which focuses on the love triangle- conservative propaganda, pervasive during the Cold War- the Hollywood epic- and the postmodern quest, which commonly employs the grail portion of the legend. Arguing that filmmakers rely on the audiences rudimentary familiarity with the legend, the authors show that only certain features of the legend are activated at any particular time. This fascinating study shows us how the legend has been adapted and how through the popular medium of Hollywood films, the Arthurian legend has survived and flourished.