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The Holy Grail on film: essays on the cinematic quest

The Holy Grail on film: essays on the cinematic quest

Harty, Kevin J., editor

"This collection of new essays is the first to study film depictions of the quest for the Holy Grail--the Christian holy relic of legend supposedly used by Jesus at the Last Supper. Scholars and critics discuss American and European films that offer fresh perspectives on this enduring myth of the Arthurian world and Western culture"-- Provided by publisher

Book. English.
Published Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Kevin J. Harty
ISBN: 0786477857, 9780786477852
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: ix, 245 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Subject: Quests (Expeditions) in motion pictures.; Grail in motion pictures.


  1. Holy Grail, silent Grail / Kevin J. Harty
  2. The silver chalice: the once and future Grail / K.S. Whetter
  3. Lancelot du lac: Robert Bresson's Arthurian realism / Joan Tasker Grimbert
  4. Perceval of the avant-garde: Rohmer, Blank and von Trier / Alan Baragona
  5. Hans-Jørgen Syberberg's Parsifal: remystifying Kundry / Jon Sherman
  6. "Lovely filth": Monty Python and the matter of the Holy Grail / Christine Neufeld
  7. John Boorman's Excalibur and the irrigating light of the Grail / Raeleen Chai-Elsholz and Jean-Marc Elsholz
  8. The Da Vinci Code and the myth of history / Susan Aronstein
  9. Percival in Cooperstown: Arthurian legend, baseball
  10. mythology and the mediated quest in Barry Levinson's The natural / James Jesson
  11. Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King / Cory James Rushton
  12. A son, his father, some Nazis and the Grail: Lucas and Indiana Jones and The last crusade / Joseph M. Sullivan
  13. A Grail or a mirage? searching the wasteland of The Road Warrior / Paul B. Sturtevant
  14. The Grail as symbolic quest in Tarkovsky's Stalker / Andrew B.R. Elliott
  15. The waterboy and swamp chivalry: a Grail Knight for American teens / Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman
  16. Holy Grails, schlocky Grails / David W. Marshall
  17. About the contributors.

Author note

Kevin J. Hartyis professor and chair of English at La Salle University in Philadelphia, USA and associate editor ofArthuriana, the official journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society, of which he is the president. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, seven of which are on film and medieval studies.