This quantity examines cinematic representations of historic Greek ladies from the geographical regions of fantasy and background. It discusses how those woman figures have been resurrected at the gigantic display by way of assorted filmmakers in the course of diversified old moments, and have been for this reason embedded inside a story which served a variety of reasons.
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30 With rare exceptions, Podestà maintained her dark hair colour throughout her long ﬁlm career. 31 The ancient Greek word often presumed to describe Helen’s hair colour is xanthos which Liddell and Scott translates as ‘yellow, of various shades, freq. with a tinge of red, brown, auburn’— the three italicized words (in the original) all designating the colour range of xanthos. In Homer the masculine form describes Menelaus almost exclusively; the feminine forms are used for Demeter (as also in her Homeric Hymn) and various mortal women, but not Helen, or for the hair of Achilles.
Htm> (accessed 1 October 2012). 71 Quart and Auster (2002: 230). Quart and Auster note that From Here to Eternity was one of the few 1950s ﬁlms to criticize openly the complacency and conformity of the Eisenhower years (231). For 1950s gender stereotypes in ﬁlms set in classical antiquity see Nikoloutsos, Paul, and Pomeroy (all this volume). 72 For the process of containment in both US–Soviet relations and in notions of female possibilities in the 1950s, see Blondell and Nikoloutsos (both this volume).
From the outset Wise’s portrayal of Helen illustrates, primarily, the ﬁrst meaning of the gaze: Helen functions as a symbol of her own iconic status, who nevertheless has moments of deep self-reﬂection while the camera displays her idealized beauty for the spectators’ gaze. Before Helen ever appears onscreen, Paris’ enchanted gaze upon her as he lies on the beach by the mast, a rope across his waist, prepares the audience for its ﬁrst view of this iconic ﬁgure as she slowly grows before the camera striding forward in the surf.