Playing Out the Empire: Ben-Hur and Other Toga Plays and Films, 1883-1908. a Critical Anthology
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Playing Out the Empire: Ben-Hur and Other Toga Plays and Films, 1883-1908. a Critical Anthology

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ISBN-13:
9780198119906
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.02.1994
Seiten:
336
Autor:
David Mayer
Gewicht:
572 g
Format:
216x140x22 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

A collection of the most important playscripts and film scenarios of the "toga play", a genre of theatrical melodrama which flourished in the late-19th century and which re-emerged in silent cinema, and later in Hollywood "epics". The book casts new light on Victorian social and cultural history.
The music of toga drama, Katherine Preston; "Claudian", Henry Herman and W.G. Wills; "The last days of Pompeii", James Pain; "The sign of the Cross", Wilson Barrett; "Ben-Hur" (play), William Young; "The charioteers", Marshall Moore; "Ben-Hur" (film), the Kalem Company; "The barbarian Ingomar", D.W. Griffith.
The "toga play" is a genre of theatrical melodrama which flourished in the late nineteenth century and which re-emerged in silent cinema and later Hollywood "epics." This first collection of the most important playscripts and film scenarios of toga plays includes the popular Victorian melodrama The Sign of the Cross (1895), Claudian (1883), The Last Days of Pompeii, Ben Hur (both the play and the film), The Charioteer, and D.W. Griffith's earliest toga film, The Barbarian Ingomar (1908). David Mayer's detailed introductions show how the plays cast new light on Victorian attitudes toward issues of class, gender, religion, and imperialism. The volume is generously illustrated.