By Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos
This quantity examines cinematic representations of historic Greek girls from the nation-states of fantasy and heritage. It discusses how those lady figures are resurrected at the colossal monitor via diversified filmmakers in the course of various ancient moments, and are consequently embedded inside a story which serves a variety of reasons, reckoning on the director of the movie, its screenwriters, the studio, the rustic of its starting place, and the sociopolitical context on the time of its production.
Using a various array of hermeneutic methods (such as gender idea, feminist feedback, psychoanalysis, viewer-response thought, and private voice criticism), the essays objective to forged gentle on cinema's investments within the classical previous and decode the mechanisms wherein the ladies below exam are extracted from their unique context and are delivered to lifestyles to function automobiles for the articulation of contemporary rules, matters, and cultural tendencies. the quantity therefore goals to enquire not just how antiquity at the display depicts, and during this procedure distorts, compresses, contests, and revises, antiquity at the web page but additionally, extra crucially, why the medium follows such eclectic representational recommendations vis-a-vis the classical international.
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After several minutes the camera reveals the deeply plunging ‘V’ in the robe’s back, exposing Helen’s naked back. The robe’s design might evoke elite Minoan women’s dress, only transposing the topless bodices of the ancient to the back of the modern attire to satisfy modern social and cinematic conventions. With a similar transposition, it might also evoke the stories of Menelaus’ dropping his sword upon seeing Helen’s naked breasts, as his reaction to her naked back strongly suggests. Coincident with her regally arrogant bearing, the camera maintains an almost constant focus on Helen’s face, eyes, and body, especially her naked back, to display to the spectators’ gaze.
On snaky hair designs, see Day and Nikoloutsos (this volume). 60 Later in the ﬁlm, the Gorgoneion appears on Agamemnon’s shield, war standard, and is painted on the prow of his ship; Cassandra and Andromache have similar ringleted, braided hairstyles. All these images lessen the impact of any Medusa-like qualities implied for Helen. 34 Ancient Greek Women in Film right shoulder for eighteen seconds, Helen has a similar dreamy look, as she wishes she could live with Paris on an island where they are untouched by the world’s problems; she repeats this wistful look later as the horse is being wheeled in.
With the attribution of this power over the male gaze to her, the ﬁgure of Helen may be seen as focalizing three different constructs of the gaze. First, throughout the western cultural tradition she has served as the iconic female to be gazed upon to stir men’s desire. Second, she evokes the danger men risk from gazing upon a sensual, sexually potent female. Third, through Helen we shall also witness the power of the female gaze. 7 Both directors underscore the ﬁrst meaning of the gaze, as the cameras repeatedly display for the spectators’ view virtual still shots of the iconically beautiful Helen.
Ancient Greek Women in Film by Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos