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Designs on the Past

How Hollywood Created the Ancient World

By Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones



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In the period 1916-1966, during its so-called Golden Age, Hollywood developed a passion for the ancient world and produced many epic movie blockbusters. The studios used every device they could find to wow audiences with the spectacle of antiquity. In this unique study, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones shows how Hollywood carefully and skilfully created the popular modern perception of the ancient world. He analyses how producers, art directors, costumiers, publicity agents, movie stars, and inevitably, 'a cast of thousands' literally designed and crafted the ancient world from scratch. This lively book offers a technical as well as a theoretical guide to a much-neglected area of film studies and reception studies that will appeal to anyone working in these disciplines. Key Features: This is the first study of the mechanisms and ideologies behind the making of epic movies in Hollywood Lavishly illustrated including rare and fascinating marketing material and production stills produced by Hollywood at the time Explores the casting and consequences of movie stars in historical roles Sets a new agenda for exploring the relationship between history and film and between history and visual culture. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones is Professor of Ancient History at Cardiff University.

Product code: 9780748675630

ISBN 9780748675630
Series Screening Antiquity
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 256
Explore how history was brought to life on the silver screen and how the Hollywood's epic movies dictated our vision of the past. This lively study analyses how Hollywood producers, directors, designers, costumiers, publicity agents, movie stars, and, inevitably, 'a cast of thousands' literally designed the ancient world from scratch.