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The Resource A knight at the movies : medieval history on film, John Aberth

A knight at the movies : medieval history on film, John Aberth

Label
A knight at the movies : medieval history on film
Title
A knight at the movies
Title remainder
medieval history on film
Statement of responsibility
John Aberth
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Long before Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Hollywood's version of the Middle Ages had sometimes been laughable. Who can resist chuckling at The Black Knight (1954), in which Arthurian warriors ride across a plain complete with telephone poles in the background? Or The Black Shield of Falworth (1954), in which Tony Curtis-in his best medieval Bronx accent-utters the immortal line, "Yonda is the castle of my fodda"? These films may not be paragons of historical accuracy, but much of what we know-or think we know-about the Middle Ages has been dictated by what we've seen on the movie screen. In this entertaining and deeply informative book, John Aberth-author of From the Brink of the Apocalypse-assesses the historical accuracy of well known cinematic interpretations of the Middle Ages. Separating fact from fiction in more than fifty films from the silent era to today, including Camelot, Excalibur, Braveheart, and The Adventures of Robin Hood, Aberth shows how narrative license routinely makes the distant era familiar by projecting contemporary obsessions and fears onto the past. These stock images of knights in shining armor and damsels in distress rarely sum up real life in the Middle Ages. Instead, the best and most thought-provoking works-like Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal-revel in the differences between those times and our own, drawing us into another world in order to understand and appreciate the differences. With provocative insight into the blurred lines between medieval fact and fiction, both history buffs and film aficionados will find much food for thought here
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1963-
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Aberth, John
Dewey number
791.43/658
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PN1995.9.M52
LC item number
A24 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Middle Ages in motion pictures
  • ART
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • Middle Ages in motion pictures
  • Mittelalter
  • Historische films
  • Middeleeuwen
  • Filmkunst
  • Film
Label
A knight at the movies : medieval history on film, John Aberth
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-314) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Holy grail of Hollywood : King Arthur films
  • Lights! Camera! Pillage! : Viking films
  • God (and the studio) wills it! : crusade films
  • Splendid to spandex : Robin Hood films
  • Welcome to the Apocalypse : Black Death films
  • Movies and the maid : Joan of Arc films
Control code
812911636
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 332 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780203873564
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)812911636
Label
A knight at the movies : medieval history on film, John Aberth
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-314) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Holy grail of Hollywood : King Arthur films
  • Lights! Camera! Pillage! : Viking films
  • God (and the studio) wills it! : crusade films
  • Splendid to spandex : Robin Hood films
  • Welcome to the Apocalypse : Black Death films
  • Movies and the maid : Joan of Arc films
Control code
812911636
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 332 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780203873564
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)812911636

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