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.
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