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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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Greek Tragedy on Screen

Pantelis Michelakis

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the question of how film genres can enter into dialogue with Greek tragedy. After an introductory discussion of Greek tragedy in relation to horror and the western, it presents a detailed examination of Greek tragedy's associations with film comedy and melodrama. The challenges to conventional genre hierarchies brought about by comic irreverence and melodramatic machinations are explored with the help of Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite and Michael Cacoyannis' Iphigenia.

Keywords:   horror, western, comedy, melodrama, genre hierarchies

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