Film, Folklore and Urban Legends by Mikel J. Koven

By Mikel J. Koven

From Alien to whilst a Stranger Calls, many movies are according to folklore or hire an city legend point to propel the narrative. yet as soon as these conventional features were pointed out, do they warrant extra scrutiny? certainly, why is the examine of folklore in well known movie very important? In movies, Folklore and concrete Legends, Mikel J. Koven addresses this factor by means of exploring the convergence of folklore with well known cinema stories. way past the id of conventional motifs in well known cinema, Koven finds new paradigms of filmic research, which open up whilst one seems at video clips during the lens of folklore. specifically, this ebook specializes in the learn of city legends and the way those narratives are used as notion for a couple of motion pictures. Divided into 5 sections, the ebook starts with a normal survey of the prevailing literature on folklore/film, predominantly from the viewpoint of folklore reports. next chapters tackle discourses of trust, how city legends give you the organizing precept of a few movies, and the way convinced movies "act out" or practice a legend. video clips mentioned during this e-book comprise Alligator, Candyman, The Curve, useless guy on Campus, i do know What you probably did final summer time, city Legend, Weekend at Bernie's, and The Wicker guy, in addition to zombie motion pictures, killer bee video clips, and slasher movies (including Halloween, Black Christmas, The Burning and Terror Train). Koven additionally devotes consciousness to key tv indicates similar to The X-Files and such a lot Haunted. In his research, Koven explains not just how movie and tv narratives are outfitted upon already-existing pop culture ideals, but in addition how movies and tv indicates recycle these ideals again into pop culture. Taken as an entire, movie, Folklore and concrete Legends either stands by itself because the first book-length learn of folklore and renowned cinema, and as an introductory textbook for the learn of folklore and movie.

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Qxd 10/3/07 12:51 PM Page 29 The Wicker Man, Frazer, and the Ancient Celts 29 Hardy and Shaffer dipped liberally into The Golden Bough in order to create their world of Summerisle, but this “dipping” was highly selective: Frazer’s chapter “The Fire-Festivals of Europe,” wherein he notes the pan-European (if not universal) significance of certain bonfire rites, and his lengthy discussion of the Scottish Beltane festival (celebrated on the first of May) make up much of the context for The Wicker Man’s diegesis.

In order to have this power it must have something unusual and striking about it. qxd 40 10/3/07 12:51 PM Page 40 Chapter Three motifs fall into three classes. First are the actors in a tale—gods, or unusual animals, or marvelous creatures like witches, ogres, or fairies, or even conventionalized human characters like the favorite youngest child or the cruel stepmother. Second comes certain items in the background of the action—magical objects, unusual customs, strange beliefs, and the like. In the third place there are single incidents.

Significantly, what should be the most relevant motif in Thompson’s Index is one of the tougher to follow up. E422 is identified as “The Living Corpse” and is defined by Thompson as “Revenant is not a specter but has the attributes of a living person. 445). This motif in particular both describes the character/agency (“The Living Corpse”) and develops the character slightly by motivating the figure’s existence (waiting until the monster’s “second death”). This creature is more in keeping with the cinematic zombie.

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