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Early Silent Movies about Mythology
Mythology-related Films in the Hatfield Collection
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A6 H37 1999
Animated, musical adaptation of the story of Hercules.
Sita Sings The Blues (2008)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A6 S58 2009
An animated reinterpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana blends the stories of Sita, a goddess separated from her husband Rama, and Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email.
King Arthur (2004)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 K462 2004
A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table - Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Gawain...
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 N37 2012
Nijinsky, the most celebrated dancer of the early 20th century, performed Stravinsky's L'après-midi d'un faune (or The Afternoon of a Faun) with the Ballet Russes.
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.C55 M42 2008
When a sportswriter tries to track down the mother of his adopted son, he discovers she is a prostitute and pornographic film star.
Never on Sunday (1960)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) (PN1995.9.C55 N39 2003
The Pygmalion-like story of a Greek prostitute and the American who decides to educate her in the hope that she will abandon her streetwalking.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Call Number: PN1995.9.C55 O13 2001
Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey", this is the story of three convicts-- escapees from a prison farm in Mississippi-- and their adventure as they travel home in hopes of recovering buried loot before it's lost forever in a flood.
William Faulkner's Old Man (1997)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.9.D7 W457 1998
A story of a convict who rescues a pregnant woman in a great flood. The experience changes both of their lives.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.H6 S66 2002
When young Lillian's mother dies during childbirth, the father soon re-marries the well-intentioned Lady Claudia. However, Claudia's heart is ruled not by her husband, but by an evil mirror with the power to make Claudia Queen over all living things, until they are dead...
The Mahabharata (1990)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.L5 M18 2002
The world of The Mahabharata is of profound storytelling power and spiritual import; within it a civilization rises, falls and is reborn.
Into the Woods (1991)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.M86 I57 1999
The fairy tale characters of Little Red Ridinghood, Cinderella, and Jack (and the Beanstalk) are linked together with the characters of a baker and his wife...
The Ocean Waif (1916)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 O25 2008
In this version of the Pygmalion love story an abused young woman finds safety and eventually love in the arms of a famous novelist.
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video PN1995.9.S5 S4 1986
Part one of a silent extravaganza based on the legends of the Nibelungen. In a time when magic was real and legends walked, a hero, Siegfried, pure of heart and of unblemished virtue, is brought down by the powers of darkness and his own innocence.
Films Related to this Class
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reserve PN1995.9.C55 P95 2000
Professor Henry Higgins works to make a pretty flower girl into a young lady of society.
King Kong (1976)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.H6 K5 2005
The Big Apple is besieged by the monstrous ape, King Kong. The gargantuan ape battles attacking aircraft high above the streets of New York and plunges to his death from the top of the World Trade Center.
King Kong (1933)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.H6 K5 2006
Adventure story of the giant ape King Kong, discovered on Skull Island, his voyage to New York and his fatal attraction to a young woman, leading to death and destruction as he pursues
My Fair Lady (1964)
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reserve PN1995.9.M86 M94 1998
A Cockney waif is transformed by a linguistics professor into an elegant lady.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S26 E38 2005
An inventor's sudden death leaves his greatest creation unfinished with sharp shears of metal for hands.
Belle et la bête (1947)
Call Number: Hatfield Library Reserve PN1995.91.F7 B4 2003
A restoration of the original 1946 French film, telling the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 P42 2003
A horror/melodrama about a hideous-looking man who lives in the catacombs below the Paris Opera House and his unrequited love affair with an opera starlet whom he tutors
Music with Mythical Themes
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers (1988)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video BL304 .C362 1988
1. The Hero's adventure -- 2. The Message of the myth -- 3. The First storytellers -- 4. Sacrifice and bliss -- 5. Love and the goddess -- 6. Masks of eternity.
Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell discuss the themes and roots of human myth which is seen as man's attempt to relate himself to the universe. Starting with various topics Campbell shows both how man creates his universe and is controlled by the myth he has created.
Notes for an African Orestes (1970)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video DT30 .A66 1989
Inspired by the Greek legend of Orestes, Pasolini views post-colonial African history through the lens of mythology in this metaphorical film.
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Classical Civilization and Cinema-Related Websites
Ovid and Related Websites
The Ovid Collection
The University of Virginia Electronic Text Center's holdings include a variety of Metamorphoses resources.
The Ovid Project: Metamorphising the Metamorphoses
The University of Vermont's rare book department contains an extensive collection of illustrated works of Ovid. These can be searched using the Ovid Project: Metamorphising the Metamorphoses.
Foreign Language Films based on Myths
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.D8 M35 2007
In Flemish legend, Malpertuis is the devil's lair. It is also the name of the sinister and labyrinthine house belonging to the dying Cassavius, whose relatives have gathered in anticipation of his death and their inheritance. All is not as it seems, and Jan, Cassavius's nephew, finds himself trapped in a nightmare world of Greek gods, temptresses, and stairways and corridors to nowhere.
Princess Tam Tam (1935)
Call Number: Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.F7 P763 2005
Alwina is discovered by a French aristocrat while he is in Tunisia seeking inspiration for a new novel. He becomes infatuated with this innocent gamin and constructs a plot to polish her charms and bring her to Paris where he presents her to society as an Indian princess.
Le testament d'Orphée (1959)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.F7 T3 2000
In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection.
Amphitryon : aus den Wolken kommt das Glück (1935)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.G4 A66 2005
Jupiter takes the shape of Amphitryon in order to enjoy the love of Amphitryon's wife, Alcmene. Based on the play by von Kleist, this cabaret-style treatment was one of the most successful films of the 1930's.
Black Orpheus (1959)
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.P65 B633 2010
Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her.
Call Number: Hatfield Library AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.S6 C433 2001
Based on ritual and legends from the Popul vuh and Mayan stories, the film focuses on a small Tzeltal village during a terrible drought. Desperate for relief, thirteen men set out on a quest to save their people by seeking a solitary diviner who lives in the mountains and knows the ways of the ancients. Hoping that he can summon Chac, the rain god, the men follow the diviner who takes them on a strange journey that challenges their beliefs and even their sanity.