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The Return of the Epic Film

Andrew Elliott


With the success of Gladiator, both critics and scholars enthusiastically announced the return of a genre which had lain dormant for thirty years. However, this return raises important new questions which remain unanswered. Why did the epic come back, and why did it fall out of fashion? Are these the same kinds of epics as the 1950s and 60s, or are there aesthetic differences? Can we treat Kingdom of Heaven, 300 and Thor indiscriminately as one genre? Are non-Western histories like Hero and Mongol epics, too? Finally, what precisely do we mean when we talk about the return of the epic film, an ... More

Keywords: epic film, epic, genre, historical film, special effects, classical reception, classics on film, medieval film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748684021
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Elliott, editor