Some legends are written in blood …and some in light. This course will explore how ancient poets and contemporary films understand the Hero and the Villain as reflections of their society. How does Achilles “speak” to Marlon Brando (“Colonel Kurtz” in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now), Orestes to John Wayne (“Ethan Edwards” in Ford’s The Searchers), or Aeneas to Harrison Ford (“Rick Deckard” in Scott’s Blade Runner)? Through reading and viewing these classic texts, we shall examine how ancient literature and modern cinema both dramatize our most fundamental human values, desires—and fears.
Micaela Janan, firstname.lastname@example.org