Monday, July 18, 2011

CFP Filming Shakespeare (NeMLA) (9/30/11)

Filming Shakespeare(s) NeMLA 2012
full name / name of organization: Phillip Zapkin / NEMLA
contact email:

This panel seeks papers about modernist and/or postmodernist film versions or adaptations of Shakespearean or Renaissance plays. We will examine how these films negotiate between contemporary cultural/ideological concerns (expressed in the films) and those of Shakespeare’s time (expressed in the plays). Papers about non-Anglophone film adaptations are also welcome, especially if they deal with (post)modern concerns. Please send 200-300 word abstracts to Phillip Zapkin, , by 30 Sept. 2011.

NeMLA 2012 will be hosted by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, from 15-18 March. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Rochester.

CFP The Fringes of Adaptation Conference (UK) (12/2/11)

Of potential interest

The Fringes of Adaptation
full name / name of organization: De Montfort University
contact email:

The Fringes of Adaptation
Postgraduate Conference
De Montfort University, Leicester
1 March 2012

Papers are invited for a one-day conference at De Montfort University on ‘fringe areas’ of adaptations, elements often overlooked in the study of screen adaptations. We welcome papers on areas such as costume, music, soundtracks, gaming, franchising, merchandising, casting, locations, promotions, authorial interventions, or anything else that has normally been forgotten in mainstream work in adaptation studies.

Proposals should be sent to
Deborah Cartmell
by December 2, 2011.

Friday, July 15, 2011

SyFy Listings for July

Again, the much belated listings for SyFy this month:

Please note the appearance of Legend Quest, a new show with two Arthurian-themed episodes this month.

WEDNES., 7/6
09:00 AM Destination Truth: Issie/icelandic Elves

THURS., 7/7
10:00 AM Syfy Original Movie: Rock Monster
09:00 PM Movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

FRI., 7/8
05:30 PM Movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

SAT., 7/9
06:00 PM Movie: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

SUN., 7/10
03:00 PM Movie: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
09:00 PM Movie: National Treasure: Book Of Secrets

MON., 7/11
03:00 PM Movie: Dungeons & Dragons
05:30 PM Movie: National Treasure: Book Of Secrets

WEDNES., 7/13
12:00 PM Ghost Hunters International: Hamlet's Castle: Denmark

11:30 PM Syfy Original Movie: Sinbad And The Minotaur

01:30 AM Movie: 7 Adventures Of Sinbad, The

07:00 PM Movie: Underworld: Evolution
09:00 PM Movie: Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans

02:00 PM Syfy Original Movie: Dark Relic
10:00 PM Legend Quest: Excalibur/lost Cintamani Stone

12:00 AM Legend Quest: Excalibur/lost Cintamani Stone

03:00 AM Syfy Original Movie: Beauty And The Beasts: A Dark Tale

10:00 PM Legend Quest: Holy Lance/incan Golden Sun Disc

12:00 AM Legend Quest: Holy Lance/incan Golden Sun Disc

12:00 AM Legend Quest: Excalibur/lost Cintamani Stone
01:00 AM Legend Quest: Holy Lance/incan Golden Sun Disc

09:30 AM Syfy Original Movie: Beyond Sherwood Forest
11:30 AM Movie: In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
02:00 PM Syfy Original Movie: Dragon Sword
04:00 PM Movie: Brothers Grimm, The
06:30 PM Movie: Dungeons & Dragons

03:00 AM Movie: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath Of The Dragon God
05:00 PM Movie: Dungeons & Dragons

Thursday, July 14, 2011

July Listings for Chiller

The much belated listings for Chiller this month:

WEDNES., 7/6
11:00A ET
Supernatural Science King Arthur

FRI., 7/8
06:30A ET
The Twilight Zone The Last Defender Of Camelot
06:30P ET
The Twilight Zone The Last Defender Of Camelot

FRI., 7/15
10:00P ET
Chiller Premiere Vlad

SAT., 7/16
02:00A ET
Chiller Premiere Vlad

WEDNES., 7/20
10:00A ET
The Twilight Zone (1985) The Last Defender Of Camelot
08:00P ET
Chiller Premiere Vlad
10:00P ET
Movie Dracula's Curse

THURS., 7/21
12:30A ET
Chiller Premiere Vlad
02:30A ET
Movie Dracula's Curse

SAT., 7/23
03:30P ET
Movie Dracula's Curse
06:00P ET
Movie Vlad

SUN., 7/24
03:30A ET
Movie Dracula's Curse

SUN., 7/31
02:00P ET
Movie Vlad

Friday, July 8, 2011

Lord of the Films

I just posted a bunch of books related to fantasy films (including some discussion of the recent Lord of the Rings trilogy) on the SF, Fantasy, and Legend blog, but this seemed most appropriate here. I have not yet seen the book, but it has been favorably reviewed.


Lord of the Films: The Unofficial Guide to Tolkiens Middle-Earth on the Big Screen 
By J.W. Braun

Published: September 2009
ISBN-10: 1-55022-890-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-55022-890-8
General / trade - 236 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in
Format: Paperback (BC)
$21.95 CAD

First popularized in Tolkien’s classic and bestselling series, The Lord of The Rings has garnered millions of fans around the world. The stunning film trilogy by Peter Jackson was groundbreaking, beautiful, and, as expected, hugely successful. The Lord of the Films is a unique scene-by-scene guide to all of the Lord of the Rings movies, with lots of games, puzzles, and interviews with the filmmakers tossed in.

In this book, each scene in each movie is tackled on four different fronts: a closer look at the plot and the action, a look behind the scenes, a reveal of mistakes that slipped through, and audiences’ reactions. In addition to the famous live-action trilogy, other related films (such as the animated adaptations) are covered as well.

As an added bonus, the author reveals details about the prequel films currently in production and due out in theatres in 2011 and 2012.

After reading this book, fans will feel like they’re watching The Lord of the Rings for the first time all over again!

Wagner and Cinema

Wagner and Cinema 
Edited by Jeongwon Joe and Sander L. Gilman
Foreword by Tony Palmer
Interview with Bill Viola

Publication date: 2/2/2010
Format: paper 504 pages, 28 b&w illus., 35 musical exx.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-22163-6

The work of Richard Wagner is a continuing source of artistic inspiration and ideological controversy in literature, philosophy, and music, as well as cinema. In Wagner and Cinema, a diverse group of established and emerging scholars examines Wagner's influence on cinema from the silent era to the present. The essays in this collection engage in a critical dialogue with existing studies—extending and renovating current theories related to the topic—and propose unexplored topics and new methodological perspectives. The contributors discuss films ranging from the 1913 biopic of Wagner to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, with essays on silent cinema, film scoring, Wagner in Hollywood, German cinema, and Wagner beyond the soundtrack.

Foreword by Tony Palmer

Introduction: Why Wagner and Cinema? Tolkien Was Wrong \ Jeongwon Joe

Part 1. Wagner and the Silent Film
1. Wagnerian Motives: Narrative Integration and the Development of Silent Film Accompaniment, 1908—1913 \ James Buhler
2. Underscoring Drama—Picturing Music \ Peter Franklin
3. The Life and Works of Richard Wagner (1913): Becce, Froelich, and Messter \ Paul Fryer
4. Listening for Wagner in Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen \ Adeline Mueller

Part 2. Wagnerian Resonance in Film Scoring
5. The Resonances of Wagnerian Opera and Nineteenth-Century Melodrama in the Film Scores of Max Steiner \ David Neumeyer
6. Wagner's Influence on Gender Roles in Early Hollywood Film \ Eva Rieger
7. The Penumbra of Wagner's Ombra in Two Science Fiction Films from 1951: The Thing from Another World and The Day the Earth Stood Still \ William H. Rosar

Part 3. Wagner in Hollywood
8. "Soll ich lauschen?": Love-Death in Humoresque \ Marcia J. Citron
9. Hollywood's German Fantasy: Ridley Scott's Gladiator \ Marc A. Weiner
10. Reading Wagner in Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944) \ Neil Lerner
11. Piercing Wagner: The Ring in Golden Earrings \ Scott D. Paulin

Part 4. Wagner in German Cinema
12. Wagner as Leitmotif: The New German Cinema and Beyond \ Roger Hillman
13. The Power of Emotion: Wagner and Film \ Jeremy Tambling
14. Wagner in East Germany: Joachim Herz's Der fliegende Holländer (1964) \ Joy H. Calico

Part 5. Wagner beyond the Soundtrack
15. Nocturnal Wagner: The Cultural Survival of Tristan und Isolde in Hollywood \ Elisabeth Bronfen
16. Ludwig's Wagner and Visconti's Ludwig \ Giorgio Biancorosso
17. The Tristan Project: Time in Wagner and Viola \ Jeongwon Joe
18. "The Threshold of the Visible World": Wagner, Bill Viola, and Tristan \ Lawrence Kramer

Postlude: Looking for Richard: An Archival Search for Wagner \ Warren M. Sherk
Epilogue: Some Thoughts about Wagner and Cinema; Opera and Politics; Style and Reception \ Sander L. Gilman
Interview with Bill Viola \ Jeongwon Joe

Filmography \ Jeongwon Joe, Warren M. Sherk, and Scott D. Paulin
List of Contributors

Jeongwon Joe is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Cincinnati. She is editor of Between Opera and Cinema (with Rose Theresa) and has published articles on Milos Forman’s Amadeus, Philip Glass’s La Belle et la Bête, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Gérard Corbiau’s Farinelli, and other works related to opera and film music.

Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University. He is author of Fat: A Cultural History of Obesity; Multiculturalism and the Jews; Making the Body Beautiful: A Cultural History of Aesthetic Surgery; Freud, Race, and Gender; and Jewish Self-Hatred: Anti-Semitism and the Hidden Language of the Jews.

New on Joan of Arc

The Religious Film: Christianity and the Hagiopic 
Pamela Grace

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6026-1
192 pages
May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
US $33.95

From The Gospel According to Matthew to Jesus Christ Superstar, from The Passion of Joan of Arc to The Last Temptation of Christ and Jesus of Montreal, The Religious Film captures the glory, gore, and centrality of this important genre.
A short, accessible introduction to religious film, exploring the genre as spectacle, as musical, and as controversy
Examines the historical, cultural and critical background for religious films from the silent era through to the present day
Introduces the complexities and characteristics of this iconic genre of film, including common sounds and images, and the values that most traditional films of this kind uphold

List of Figures.

1. Introduction: The Religious Film and the Hagiopic.

2. Historical Overview.

3. Critical Overview.

4. King of Kings (1961): Spectacle and Anti-Spectacle.

5. The Song of Bernadette (1943): The Religious Comfort Film.

6. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) and Jesus Christ Superstar (2000): The Religious Musical.

7. The Gospel According to Matthew (1964) and Jesus of Montreal (1989): The Alternative Hagiopic.

8. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999): Transcendence and Exploitation.

9. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and The Passion of the Christ (2004): The Sacrificial Hagiopic.




Pamela Grace teaches at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Season of the Witch Now Available

The recent film Season of the Witch is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. A detailed synopsis can be accessed at Wikipedia.