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Plays and Fragments: Antigone, Film, Modernity

Plays and Fragments: Antigone, Film, Modernity Within the history of modernity, the tragic shape and ethical concerns of the Antigone myth have made it a touchstone for understanding contemporary cultural and political realities. This essay traces the modernist processes of adaptation, citation, displacement, and revision that have often characterised the relations between filmmakers and this phenomenon. Focussing in particular on those films that subvert the authority of narrative realism and the laws of conventional – ‘classical’ – film language, it traces how particular social contexts and commitments have inevitably constructed different images of Antigone – how the Antigones that emerge in early or ‘silent’ cinema, for example, compare with those from other film and media forms, including television, video and installation art works. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Plays and Fragments: Antigone, Film, Modernity

Modernist Cultures , Volume 17 (1): 26 – Feb 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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2041-1022
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1753-8629
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10.3366/mod.2022.0357
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Abstract

Within the history of modernity, the tragic shape and ethical concerns of the Antigone myth have made it a touchstone for understanding contemporary cultural and political realities. This essay traces the modernist processes of adaptation, citation, displacement, and revision that have often characterised the relations between filmmakers and this phenomenon. Focussing in particular on those films that subvert the authority of narrative realism and the laws of conventional – ‘classical’ – film language, it traces how particular social contexts and commitments have inevitably constructed different images of Antigone – how the Antigones that emerge in early or ‘silent’ cinema, for example, compare with those from other film and media forms, including television, video and installation art works.

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Feb 1, 2022

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