Descended from Hercules: Biopolitics and the Muscled Male by Robert A. Rushing

By Robert A. Rushing

Muscles, six-pack abs, pores and skin, and sweat fill the reveal within the tawdry and tantalizing peplum motion pictures linked to epic Italian cinema of the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.Using recommendations like sluggish movement and stopped time, those motion pictures instill the hero’s energy with undying admiration and immerse the hero’s physique in a global that's lavishly eroticized yet with out sexual hope. These"sword and sandal" motion pictures signify a century-long cinematic biopolitical intervention that gives the spectator an imagined type of the male body—one freed from disorder, degeneracy, and the burdens of poverty—that defends goodness with brute power and perseverance, and serves as a version of perfect citizenry.Robert A. speeding lines those epic heroes from Maciste in Cabiria within the early silent period to modern transnational figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian, and to movies equivalent to Zach Snyder’s 300.Rushing explores how the very tactile modes of illustration cement the genre’s ideological grip at the viewer.

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