This quantity examines cinematic representations of historic Greek ladies from the nation-states of fantasy and historical past. It discusses how those woman figures have been resurrected at the monstrous monitor through diverse filmmakers in the course of assorted old moments, and have been for that reason embedded inside a story which served numerous reasons.
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1951), or as the ultimate symbol of white purity as a very pale looking Sister Clodagh dressed in a white habit in Black Narcissus (dir. 67 Even as Wise chose to portray an ancient tale of sex and adultery on the big screen, he did so in a way that would satisfy and appease contemporary American tastes and mores. In contrast to the biblically inspired epics framing the 1950s, completed by Ben Hur (dir. William Wyler, 1959), and rather than a story of Christian spiritual redemption, Wise portrays the prototypical story of sex, adultery, and betrayal in the western tradition.
42). Nisbet (2006: 33–4). 24 Ancient Greek Women in Film shipwrecked Paris utters upon seeing Helen approach him through the surf, as she is arising out of the sea: ‘Aphrodite’; the scene recalls both Hesiod’s tale of Aphrodite being born from the foam of the sea (Theog. 191–7), and, probably more familiar to most modern spectators, Botticelli’s painting of Venus ﬂoating up on the sea on a clamshell. Paris’ unique arrival at Sparta in rags, shipwrecked on the coast (which of course justiﬁes the extended cinematic focus on his almost nude body) invites multiple allusions, ancient and modern.
The robe’s design might evoke elite Minoan women’s dress, only transposing the topless bodices of the ancient to the back of the modern attire to satisfy modern social and cinematic conventions. With a similar transposition, it might also evoke the stories of Menelaus’ dropping his sword upon seeing Helen’s naked breasts, as his reaction to her naked back strongly suggests. Coincident with her regally arrogant bearing, the camera maintains an almost constant focus on Helen’s face, eyes, and body, especially her naked back, to display to the spectators’ gaze.