There was a period in American cinema history that stands out as one of the great acts of censorship of our time. The effects of this censorship will be discussed below, but I will also investigate the effect that this has had on the industry both as it occurred and in the aftermath of its legacy, by looking in particular at a film that deals with the period in question. It is imperative for the modern reader however to be able to contextualise this essay, and as such a detailed look at this period is history is required.
“Although the year 1947, when HUAC descended on the film industry, is widely regarded as the starting point of the blacklist, the real roots of that scoundrel time-in Lillian Hellman’s apt phrase-can probably be found in two decades earlier, in the Wall Street crash of 1929, which ushered in the Depression that paralysed America”. (McGilligan) Continue Reading
As part of the completion of our course we have each contributed to a Class Blog.
My entry is available here.
Thor is the Norse God of Thunder. He is the son of Odin, the All Father and Jord, the Earth Mother. As a God, Thor is a member of the Aesir, the principal Gods that lived in Asgard from where they ruled Midgard (Earth) and controlled the lives of mortal men.
Thor was the strongest of all the Gods, though his strength was amplified further by his wearing of a magic belt called Megingjard. He also is described as having worn steel gauntlets or gloves with which to carry his magic warhammer Mjolnir. Thor has also been depicted travelling across the heavens and along the Rainbow Bridge in a chariot pulled by two goats; Tanngrisni (“gap-tooth”) and Tanngnost (“tooth grinder”). By throwing his hammer Thor would create thunder and lightning. In this way he was able to protect his lands.
Thor had a long enmity with the Giants that fought against Asgard but his true enemy is Jormungand, The Midgard Serpent. It is said that at Ragnarok Thor and Jormungand will fight to the death, Thor will prevail but will be poisoned and die from his wounds. Continue Reading
I have been taking the opportunity to enjoy looking at some of the other movies that have been made based on the epic, namely Beowulf and Grendel starring Gerard Butler as Beowulf.
Beowulf and the Grendel takes the original story and uses it as a template to tell a rather interesting story of a man who wishes to do what is best for the community as per the warrior code by destroying the creature that appears to be attacking the community.
With the aid of a local Witch however he begins to realise that there is more to the situation than meets the eye. The Grendel character is a Troll or more like a giant, which explains his great strength. He is attacking Hrothgar’s Hall because his father was killed by Hrothgar and thus he seeks revenge.
He refuses to fight Beowulf as he has no argument with him. As the story develops we learn that the Grendel has also fathered a child with the Witch woman and when eventually Grendel is killed, we see that the cycle is doomed to repeat itself. Continue Reading
We have recently been reading the early tales of Robin Hood, most notably Robin Hood and the Monk. I found this ballad very interesting mainly because it deals with a Robin that, though familiar to the tales and memories of my childhood, is slightly less than the man I had hoped to find.
Robin is not faithful to his word when he bets Little John that he can beat him in a test of marksmanship. Robin raises the sum proffered by Little John as one might expect from a boastful Hero. This type of boast is seen with Beowulf when he speaks of his intention to beat the Grendel. Robin then changes his mind when he loses and declares that he will not pay. Continue Reading
So we were asked to check out a specific article as reference for our introduction into the world of blogging and how we may better approach the subject.
The article in question can be found here
So I have just finished re-reading this article.
I had to read it more than once in order to get a full sense of the information conveyed. Interestingly the first thing I noticed when reading was the format in which it was presented and this point backs up my previous statement. Continue Reading
So I have recently been re-visiting Beowulf as part of the course; we had the pleasure of studying Seamus Heaney’s version of the Epic as part of our First Year course.
It is a true Epic. I absolutely love the style and flow of the writing. For this I think both the original Saga-master and Heaney deserve equal congratulations. Any story can be a good one but it takes a wordsmith to make it into something more tangible.
For anyone out there who has not read it I would suggest doing so, mainly because this blog might not make much sense unless you have. Put simply there is a reason that this story has been told for over 1500 years. Continue Reading