Classical Masculinity and the Spectacular Body on Film: The Mighty Sons of Hercules

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Springer, Oct 29, 2014 - Performing Arts - 191 pages
The muscle-bound male body is a perennial feature of classically-inflected action cinema. This book reassesses these films as a cinematic form, focusing on the depiction of heroic masculinity. In particular, Hercules in his many incarnations has greatly influenced popular cultural interpretations of manliness and the exaggerated male form.

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Menas Men Should
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White Mans Burden?
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Daniel O'Brien is a tutor in Film Studies and a freelance writer, contributing to various reference works and producing articles and reviews for journals such as Film International. He has written books on such subjects as Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra, British science fiction, Hannibal Lecter and Daniel Craig.

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