Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Medieval Film Now in Paperback

Published late last year in a new paperback edition (though the publisher's web site mysteriously only lists the hardcover):

Medieval Film
Edited by Anke Bernau and Bettina Bildhauer
Pb. ISBN 978-0719086472

This book examines why and how cinematic representations of the Middle Ages remain a popular, mainstream phenomenon.

Instead of taking the usual approach of focusing on the issue of historical accuracy, this collection explores wider theoretical questions about the ideological, artistic, emotional and financial investments inhering in cinematic renditions of the medieval period. What does it mean to create and watch a ‘medieval film’? What is a medieval film and why are they successful? This is the first work that attempts to answer these questions, drawing, for instance, on film theory, postcolonial theory, cultural studies and the growing body of work on medievalism. Contributors investigate British, German, Italian, Australian, French, Swedish and American film, exploring topics such translation, temporality, film noir, framing and period film – and find the medieval lurking in unexpected corners. In addition it provides in-depth studies of individual films from different countries; these range from The Birth of a Nation to Nosferatu, from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to Kingdom of Heaven. This interdisciplinary collection should become essential reading for all those interested in cinema’s complex relationship to history.

*Medieval film* will be of part interest to medievalists working in a range of disciplines including literature, history, art history; to scholars working on medievalism; as well as to scholars working on film and in cultural studies. This book will also be of interest to undergraduates at all levels, as well as to postgraduates and to an informed lay enthusiast in film or/and medieval culture.

List of figures
List of contributors
The a-chronology of medieval film (Bettina Bildhauer and Anke Bernau)
1. Cinematic authenticity-effects and medieval art: a paradox (Sarah Salih)
2. Forward into the past: film as a medieval medium (Bettina Bildhauer)
3. A time of translation: linguistic difference and cinematic medievalism (Carol O’Sullivan)
4. ‘Poison to the infant, but tonic to the man’: timing The Birth of a Nation (Anke Bernau)
5. The medieval imaginary in Italian films (Marcia Landy)
6. Towards a theory of medieval film music (Alison Tara Walker)
7. Border skirmishes: weaving around the Bayeux Tapestry and cinema in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and El Cid (Richard Burt)
8. Medieval noir: anatomy of a metaphor (John Ganim)
9. ‘Medievalism’, the period film and the British past in contemporary cinema (Andrew Higson)
Further reading

Dr Anke Bernau is Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester. Dr Bettina Bildhauer is Lecturer in German at the University of St. Andrews.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SyFy February 2012

This month on SyFy. Note that Season 4 of Merlin continues this month.

05:00 AM
Stargate SG-1: Arthur's Mantle
10:00 PM
Merlin: His Father's Son

12:00 AM
Merlin: His Father's Son
6:30 pm
Movie: Outlander
11:30 PM
Movie: Outlander

04:00 AM
Stargate SG-1: Crusade

02:00 AM
Stargate SG-1: Camelot

02:00 AM
Stargate SG-1: Morpheus
03:00 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Witchville
05:00 PM
Stargate SG-1: The Pegasus Project

FRI., 10 FEB
10:00 PM
Merlin: A Servant Of Two Masters

SAT., 11 FEB
12:00 AM
Merlin: A Servant Of Two Masters

08:00 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Grendel (Wikipedia)

FRI., 17 FEB
03:30 AM
Stargate SG-1: The Quest - Pt 1
04:30 AM
Stargate SG-1: The Quest - Pt 2
10:00 PM
Merlin: The Secret Sharer [Intriguing episode.]

SAT., 18 FEB
12:00 AM
Merlin: The Secret Sharer

MON., 20 FEB
09:30 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Dragon Dynasty [Marco Polo and dragons!]

[I think I missed the film Gryphon (see Wikipedia).]

FRI., 24 FEB
01:30 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Rise Of The Gargoyles
10:00 PM
Merlin: Lamia

SAT., 25 FEB
12:00 AM
Merlin: Lamia
03:00 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Reign Of The Gargoyles
09:00 AM
Movie: Enchanted [the Disney film]
11:00 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Beyond Sherwood Forest (watch on Hulu)
01:00 PM
Syfy Original Movie: Rock Monster
05:00 PM
Syfy Original Movie: Red: Werewolf Hunter
07:00 PM
Syfy Original Movie: Black Forest
09:00 PM
Syfy Original Movie: Gretl: Witch Hunter
11:00 PM
Syfy Original Movie: Black Forest

SUN., 26 FEB
01:00 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Gretl: Witch Hunter
03:00 AM
Syfy Original Movie: Dragon Sword [St. George]

Chiller February 2012

Another late set of belated posts. Here are the all-Arthurian listings for Chiller this month:

09:00 A ET
Supernatural Science:  King Arthur (on YouTube)

12:30 P ET
The Twilight Zone (1985): The Last Defender Of Camelot (Wikipedia)

MON., 27 FEB
11:00 P ET
The Outer Limits: The Tipping Point (Wikipedia and watch on Hulu.com)