Category Archives: Film&TV

Gideon Nisbet: On not getting round to watching the 2016 Ben-Hur

I didn’t see Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur when it was at the cinemas (not that it hung around long). Meant to; would probably have had fun; just never got around to it. Doubtless I’ll pick it up on DVD once it’s … Continue reading

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Alex McAuley: Resurrecting the War on Terror in Risen (2016)

After languishing in film and television obscurity for several decades, biblical stories have made a remarkable comeback in the past decade or so – thanks in no small part to the blockbuster success of The Passion of the Christ (2004).  … Continue reading

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Upcoming Film Season in Reading (Jan-Feb 2017)

GREEK TRAGEDY ON THE SMALL SCREEN A film season presented by the Department of Classics in collaboration with Reading Film Theatre and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television All films will be shown in the Minghella Building  Greek tragedy … Continue reading

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Jo Paul: Was Ben-Hur Really an Epic Fail?

Last month, I kicked off our new film and TV theme with my post on why many recent ancient world films have been so disappointing. Since those musings were prompted by this summer’s blockbuster-that-wasn’t, Ben-Hur, I promised I’d follow up … Continue reading

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Jo Paul: Confessions of a Classics Cinephile

One of the reasons why I love working on classical receptions is that there’s always so much new material to get stuck into.  While colleagues working on, say, classical literature are left fantasising about the discovery of new fragments – … Continue reading

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