"Surge and Splendor": A Phenomenology of the Hollywood Historical Epic

@inproceedings{Sobchack1990SurgeAS,
  title={"Surge and Splendor": A Phenomenology of the Hollywood Historical Epic},
  author={Vivian Sobchack},
  year={1990}
}
THE HOLLYWOOD HISTORICAL EPIC has been despised, ifnotcompletely ignored, by most "serious" scholars of American cinema and historiography.2 Its aesthetic extravagances seen as essentially in bad taste and its historical depictions as essentially anachronistic, the genre is generally regarded as a suspect form of both cinematic and historical representation. Indeed, for those who have been culturally trained to value asceticism, caution, and logic, there is something uncomfortably embarrassing… CONTINUE READING