Monthly Archives: December 2016

Sasha-Mae Eccleston: Doing the Right Thing in Chi-Raq (2015)

Like the iconic song solicited for it, Spike Lee’s film Do The Right Thing (1989)(hereafter, DRT), highlights the competing voices and values underlying the banal term ‘community’. Using a heat-wave as metaphor, it follows the increasingly tense relationships between individuals … Continue reading

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Clytemnestra in your living room? Greek Tragedy on the Small Screen

It’s not often that the ancient Greek adulteress and murderer graces the cover of the Radio Times – still less often does she wear a costume that combines Minoan art with Doctor Who.  But Diana Rigg’s 1979 performance as Clytemnestra … Continue reading

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Amanda Potter: Putting Audience Reception Centre Stage in Classical Reception Studies

From a very young age I was fascinated by all things ancient Roman and Greek, fuelled by my consumption of films made before I was born like Ben Hur (1959) and Cleopatra (1963), which were broadcast on British television in … Continue reading

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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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