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Antony Augoustakis and Stacie Raucci

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424516

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424516.001.0001

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Hercules, Putin, and the Heroic Body on Screen in 2014

Hercules, Putin, and the Heroic Body on Screen in 2014

(p.43) 3 Hercules, Putin, and the Heroic Body on Screen in 2014
Epic Heroes on Screen

Emma Stafford

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter places the two recent 2014 Hercules films, The Legend of Hercules and Hercules, including the lesser known “mockbuster” Hercules Reborn (2014), in dialogue with the Hercules display of Russian president Vladimir Putin. It focuses particularly on aesthetic elements: the visual presentation of their central figure – his costume, his accoutrements, and the type of action shots that showcase the heroic body – and the settings against which the heroic action occurs. The chapter shows more broadly the importance of examining the place of Hercules and classical mythology in modern political discourse.

Keywords:   Hercules, Vladimir Putin, heroic body, The Legend of Hercules, costume

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