Category Archives: and Popular Culture

Greek and Latin References in Netflix ‘Versailles’ (Season 3)

“Where is the King born of God?” Continue reading

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Lego Vitruvius and Roman Vitruvius on the Importance of Parents Educating Children.

In a previous post, I wrote about the ancient Greek references in the The Lego Movie (see post ‘The Lego Movie and Aristophanes’ Alternate Realities in the Birds and the Clouds’). Here, I focus on a Roman connection. Until 2014, the most famous … Continue reading

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Borrowed Battles: ‘300: Rise of Empire’ (Murro, 2014), HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, and ‘Cabiria’ (Pastrone, 1914).

In this post, I examine the ways in which 300: Rise of Empire (Noam Murro, 2014) — a film about the Greco-Persian War of 480 BCE borrows from two moments in the HBO GoT storyline: the Battle of Black Water in season 2 and the Battle of Winterfell in the season 5 finale. The makers of 300: Rise look to HBO series for its opening flashback to the Battle of Marathon (490 BCE) and for the third Persian assault in its version of the Battle of Artemisium. Continue reading

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Prince and Orpheus: ‘Purple Rain’ (1984) as a Possible Model for Jacques Demy’s ‘Parking’ (1985)

In this post, I look at the possibility that the depiction of Prince in his role as ‘The Kid’ in Albert Magnoli’s Purple Rain (1984) offered a model for the recreation the mythical musician Orpheus in French director Jacques Demy’s film Parking (1985). The … Continue reading

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‘Gladiator’ (Scott, 2000) and the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (Whedon, 2004) Series Finale ‘Chosen’

[Updated] Connections Under Examination: The final episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 7,  exhibit soundtrack elements that quote from Hans Zimmer’s film score for Ridley Scott’s Gladiator (2000). The series finale combines musical parallels, recognizable quotation, and a culminating battle … Continue reading

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Stannis, Renly, and Brienne: The GoT Season 5 Finale’s and D.W. Griffith’s ‘Intolerance’

Updated: This post previously included a section on parallels between the G0T season 5 finale and 300: Rise of Empire (Murro, 2014). That section is now a separate post. Spoiler Alert: I discuss events from the season 5 finale of Game … Continue reading

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‘The Lego Movie’ and Aristophanes’ Alternate Realities in ‘Birds’ and ‘Clouds’.

[Updated] The Movie The Lego Movie (Lord and Miller, 2014) recounts the fantasy of a boy named Finn (Jadon Finn), as he plays with his father’s vast lego collections. His father (Will Ferrell) has meticulously created a lego metropolis in … Continue reading

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