A central convention of Greek mythological narratives called katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead.
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Journeys to the Underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety.
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Our new podcast, Essays On Air, features the most beautiful writing from Australian researchers. Today, classics expert Paul Salmond explores how modern cinema directors borrow from Greek legends.
Shape of Water – the US film leading the BAFTA nominations.
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The British Academy Awards are a trial-run for the Oscars – but also a win-win situation for both US and British film producers.
Kevin Spacey's star has fallen, and his role erased from a new film. Could he challenge this?
Sue Lyon and James Mason in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 adaptation of Lolita.
Vladimir Nabokov merged writing and cinema, bringing the art forms together like no one before or since.
The cover of ‘Seven Steps to heaven’.
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The story of jazz in the ANC army-in-exile, Umkhonto we Sizwe culture is far more nuanced – and positive – than depicted in a new film.
Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp.
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Charlie Chaplin changed the worlds of film and comedy forever. He deserves a lasting tribute and London's Cinema Museum – the UK's only Chaplin museum – must be rescued.
BB-8 is an “astromech droid” who first appeared in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars' robots are much-loved characters, who can shed light on the future of automation. In the films, they exist mostly to assist rather than replace humans - and like us, they are prone to errors.
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.
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Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street turns 30 this month. Its infamous character's mantra, "greed is good", seems oddly prescient with greater inequality and an even more rampant culture of greed.
Actress Viola Davis focused her speech at
the 2015 Emmy Awards on diversity, saying ‘The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.’
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An analysis of more than 800 top-grossing films suggests diverse movies struggle in front of international audiences.
“The Shape of Water” film is a beautiful allegory about accepting differences.
The Shape of Water is an entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about the challenges we may face with new scientific discoveries, and our willingness to accept difference.
More than just a romance, Casablanca was an overt call to arms for the US public.
The Justice League should be a sum of its parts but the question remains: Who is the protagonist? From left: Cyborg, Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman.
The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn’t the three of them together be thrice as awesome?
Sportswomen still struggle for attention and too many girls are discouraged from taking sport seriously.
Jodie Foster in Contact.
It is the 20th aniversary of Carl Sagan's sci-fi film, Contact - and a great time to celebrate its legacy and revisit its main premise of Science vs. Religion.
Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin.
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Armando Iannucci plays fast and loose with history in his farce The Death of Stalin. But its depiction of the cult of personality that can develop around political leaders is bitingly relevant.
If theatre, film and TV is to accurately reflect the world we live in, then the actors cast must reflect that diversity too.
A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today?
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Because the Kremlin hopes to project strength and unity, history isn't used as much to inform as it is to inspire, with events cherry-picked to fit within a fuzzy framework of 'Russian greatness.'
Self-expression from the streets.
There's a reason why horror films are becoming more and more absurd.
Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” is a scary representation of Puritan life in the 17th century.
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Robert Eggers’ indie film The Witch brilliantly chronicles Puritan life in the 1630s. Horror soon ensues as children disappear into the woods and one girl, Thomasina, is accused of witchcraft.