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Media Screen Roundup – October 2013

The monthly roundup of film and television publications compiled by Simon Baker, Institute of Historical Research, & published here at the BUFVC by Linda Kaye.

Shakespeare features in this month’s edition, there is Aebischer’s Screening Early Modern Drama: Beyond Shakespeare; Sara Brown’s Reinventing the Renaissance: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries in Adaptation and Performance, and an article on the Bollywood updating of Lear by Kinga Földváry. There is also discussion of a Finnish film set in the theatre and based around a performance of Romeo and Juliet by Nely Keinänen.

Medieval history is represented by two collective volumes. Ashton and Kline’s Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture includes Disney’s Robin Hood, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and King Arthur (2005), as well as looking at YouTube and an episode of Torchwood. Stephen Knight explores the various manifestations of Robin Hood including, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. There is also a surprising chapter – The Crusades in Arab Film and TV. The Case of Baybars by Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen in Jensen’s, Cultural Encounters During the Crusades.

The latest issue of History is a special issue on genocide and the Holocaust. It includes an article on the use of film at the Nuremburg trials and an article on the “missing” films Nuremberg:  Its Lesson for Today, Memory of the Camps, and Majdanek: Cemetery of Europe.

Also of interest is a very different take on a very British film, Summoning the Spirit of Vichy and the Resistance: The Bridge on the River Kwai and the Transformation of French Public Memory and a discussion of the 1988 Broadcasting Ban by Jean Seaton.

Media Screen Roundup (Oct 2013) IHR-BUFVC (PDF 169KB)

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