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Wilson, Santas publish ‘Epic’ encyclopedia on films

Sep 29, 2014

Soon after film came into existence, the term “epic” was used to describe productions that were lengthy, spectacular, filled with action and often filmed in exotic locales with large casts and staggering budgets.

Many of those films are now catalogued in “The Encyclopedia of Epic Films,” co-authored by Flagler College Associate Professor of English James Wilson and Flagler Professor Emeritus Constantine Santas.

The book, which also features Florida State College and former Flagler Professor Maria Colavito and University of Melbourne Professor Djoymi Baker as authors, lists 250 films such as “Gone With the Wind,” “The Ten Commandments,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Avatar.”

“The aim of the book is to highlight the epic as a significant film genre, rather than as an empty spectacle, often derided by its critics,” Santas said.

Santas and Wilson agreed that one of the most daunting tasks in writing the book was narrowing down the list of films, a process they completed by applying their own working definition of what it means to be an epic film.

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