The New Epic: Ultraviolence, Comic Books, and CGI

From Griffith to Grindhouse - Representations of Antiquity in Film - Kevin M. McGeough

Kevin M. McGeough [+-]
University of Lethbridge
Kevin M. McGeough is professor of archaeology in the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. Having excavated in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt, he is the editor of The Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research. He is currently researching the reception of Near Eastern Archaeology in a variety of media and has recently published a three-volume book on archaeological reception in the Victorian era, The Ancient Near East in the Nineteenth Century (2015).

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The final chapter of the book discusses how the treatment of the ancient world has been transformed through the advent of CGI technology and the acceptance of ultraviolent aesthetics. It deals with the most controversial films of the past thirty years, such as The Last Temptation of Christ, The Passion of the Christ, Alexander, 300, and Apocalypto. It also looks at why Gladiator was such a success in relation to others that have not been as well received, like Troy.

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McGeough, Kevin. The New Epic: Ultraviolence, Comic Books, and CGI. From Griffith to Grindhouse - Representations of Antiquity in Film. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2022. ISBN 9781781799819. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39767. Date accessed: 17 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39767. Oct 2022

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