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By Lynn T. Ramey, Tison Pugh

The medieval movie style isn't really, ordinarily, inquisitive about developing a traditionally actual previous, yet a lot research still facilities on highlighting anachronisms. This e-book goals to aid students and aficionados of medieval movie take into consideration how the new edition of a regularly legendary previous plays vital cultural paintings for contemporary administrators and audience. The essays during this assortment reveal that administrators deliberately insert smooth preoccupations right into a surroundings that may quite often be thought of incompatible with those techniques. the center a long time offer an imaginary house a long way adequate faraway from the current day to discover glossy preoccupations with human identification.

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In this case, we are not merely looking at the twelfth century through twenty-first century eyes; indeed, in an important sense, we are not looking at the twelfth century at all, but at a simulacrum made from contemporary materials for contemporary purposes. )22 In fact, the situation is more complex than that. As Riley-Smith and Philips complain, the film’s version of the twelfth century has been polluted—I would say, inflected—by Sir Walter Scott’s version. Certainly the film’s conjunction of an urbane and noble Saladin, barbaric Crusaders and a hero who bonds with the former owes something to The Talisman, as its view of the Templars resembles Ivanhoe’s.

While the fascination with eyes may stem from a personal obsession, Chahine makes use of this obsession to comment on the universality and complexity of desire and to situate even physical beauty in a mise en abyme of signs of racial identity. Fire Chahine’s film begins and ends with fire. This dramatic image both contrasts and links Languedoc and Andalusia, and is a major sign of Chahine’s confronatation of East and West, furthering his dislocation of the other and destabilizing the assumptions of the cultural norm.

This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER 2 CHAHINE’S DESTINY: PROPHETIC NOSTALGIA AND THE OTHER MIDDLE AGES Don Hoffman oussef Chahine, Egypt’s most prolific and recognized auteur, is inalienably implicated in Otherness. While thoroughly embedded in Egyptian and Islamic culture, he is profoundly marked by his own situation as a Christian and the descendant of a Lebanese rather than an Egyptian family. Above all, although he embraces Cairo and is thoroughly identified with it, he is indelibly a son of the city of his birth, the multicultural and traditionally suspect Mediterranean city of Alexandria, a city equally noted for sensual excess and the ascetic exertions of its saints.

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