Myths in Music and Cinema



    retellings of a myth in song, like opera

        Gluckís "Orfeo ed Euridice" (1762)

    or instrumental reflections

        Holstís "The Planets"


    Classical example

        Handelís "Acis and Galatea" (1717-1720) See Lorrain  and Raphael


    Popular example

        Connie Francisí "Stupid Cupid" (1958)



    film versions of ancient works, especially Greek tragedies, operas, etc.

        The Odyssey. with Armand Assante and Greta Schacchi

        Richard Strauss' Elektra

        Gospel at Colonus

    direct imitation

        use of narrative and characters

        Disneyís "Hercules"

        "Clash of the Titans"

        "Jason and the Argonauts"

    indirect imitation   

        Wishbone's "Homer Sweet Homer"

 "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

 "Mighty Aphrodite"   

 "Black Orpheus"

 "The Natural"

 "Time Bandits"

    allusions or use of mythological characters

        "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

        Disney's "Fantasia"

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