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Greek Tragedy on Screen$
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Pantelis Michelakis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239078.001.0001

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(p.35) 2 Canonicity
Greek Tragedy on Screen

Pantelis Michelakis

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Michael Cacoyannis, Electra, canon, realism, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Oedipus as King

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