This chapter presents a more systematic discussion of issues of accessibility and value. It begins by looking at cultural, institutional, and critical forces that shape the way in which certain films or groups of films have come to be considered canonical when other films have been marginalized. It then takes a closer look at how two particular films — Michael Cacoyannis' Electra and Pier Paolo Pasolini's Oedipus the King — engage in debates around canonization and value formation processes, focusing on their use of realism, one of the most bedevilled but also multifaceted aspects of mainstream cinema.
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