Academic journal article Arthuriana

Mittlelter Im Film

Academic journal article Arthuriana

Mittlelter Im Film

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CHRISTIAN KIENING and HEINRICH ADOLF, eds., Mittlelter im Film. Trends in Medieval Philology 6. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006. ISBN: 978-3-11-018315-3. Pp. 462. 98. $132.

The study of cinema medievalia is alive and well as this somewhat uneven volume attests. The contents of Mittlelter im Film are divided into five sections. In the first, Christian Kiening offers a quick, but detailed, survey of cinematic reconstructions of the Middle Ages. While this survey may be a handy introduction for German readers, much of the material here has been previously presented in French in François Amy de la Bretèque's L'imaginaire médiéval dans le cinéma occidental (2004) and in English in my The Reel Middle Ages (1999), though Kiening is scrupulous in acknowledging his debts to these two previously published sources.

Part two of the volume presents omnibus essays on historical and mythic medieval heroes whom filmmakers have readily and consistently embraced. Heinrich Adolf discusses Robin Hood films; Judith Klinger, Joan of Arc films; and Christopher Schneider, samurai films. There is curiously no general discussion of Arthurian film in this section of the collection, which, one could argue, might prove more relevant and appropriate than a survey of samurai films in a volume otherwise devoted to films about medieval Europe.

Part three of the volume offers close readings of individual films in what is the most useful contribution this volume makes to the study of cinema medievalia. …

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