Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film

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Michael G. Cornelius
McFarland, 29.09.2011 - 218 Seiten
Few movie genres have highlighted the male body more effectively than the “sword-and-sandal” film, where the rippling torso and the bulging muscle are displayed for all to appreciate. Carrying his phallic sword and dressed in traditional garb calculated to bring attention to his magnificent physique, the sword-and-sandal hero is capable of toppling great nations, rescuing heroines, defeating monsters, and generally saving the day. Each of these essays examines the issues of masculinity and utility addressed in the sword-and-sandal genre. The contributors offer insights on a film form which showcases its male protagonists as heroic, violent, fleshy, and, in the end, extremely useful.
 

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While I consider the sword and sandal genre worthy of critical study and found the arguments of a number of the essays in this collection quite astute, especially David Simmons’ “By Jupiter’s Cock ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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I am one of those people who enjoy, and am not easily scared off by, academic works; however, the Introduction to this collection nearly made me believe I had requested a book I would not be able to ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

Introduction
1
Hercules Politics and Movies
15
Hero Trouble
28
To do or die manfully
40
From Maciste to Maximus and Company
58
Reverent and Irreverent Violence
75
Civilization ancient and wicked
87
Homers Lies Brad Pitts Thighs
104
An Enduring Logic
124
By Jupiters Cock
144
Beefy Guys and Brawny Dolls
154
Developments in Peplum Filmmaking
175
Hercules Diminished?
187
About the Contributors
203
Index
207
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Michael G. Cornelius is an award-winning novelist and the author or editor of numerous scholarly works. He is the chair of English and Communications at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

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