Introduction: Cinemyths: classical myth on screen / Meredith E. Safran and Monica S. Cyrino Part 1. The hero's struggle "Italian Stallion" meets "Breaker of Horses": Achilles and Hector in Rocky IV (1985) / Lisl Walsh The isolated hero: Papillon (1973), Cast away (2000), and the Myth of Philoctetes / Scott A. Barnard The limits of human knowledge: Oedipal problems in A serious man (2009) / Osman Umurhan Orpheus in a gray flannel suit: George Nolfi's The adjustment bureau (2011) / Seán Easton Part 2. Fashioning the feminine Dystopian Amazons: fantasies of patriarchy in Le Gladiatrici (1963) / Antony Augoustakis Arya, Katniss, and Merida: empowering girls through the Amazonian archetype / Beverly J. Graf The suspense thriller's Pygmalion complex: masculine desire in Vertigo (1958), Les Biches (1968), and Body double (1984) / Kaelie Thompson Plastic surgery: failed Pygmalions and decomposing women in Les yeux sans visage (1960) and Bride of re-animator (1989) / Hunter H. Gardner Part 3. Negotiating the cosmic divide Savior of the working man: Promethean allusions in Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) / Alex McAuley Magic, music, race: screening "Black enchantment" after Black Orpheus (1959) / Monica S. Cyrino Re-conceiving Hercules: divine paternity and Christian Anxiety in Hercules (2005) / Meredith E. Safran The twilight of Olympus: deicide and the end of the Greek gods / Vincent Tomasso Part 4. Cinemyth-making Of marketing and men: making the cinematic Greek hero, 2010-2014 / Stacie Raucci John Cameron Mitchell's aristophanic cinema: Hedwig and the angry inch (2001) / Lorenzo F. Garcia Jr. Dionysus comes to Gotham: forces of disorder in The Dark Knight (2008) / David Bullen Hypatia and Brian: early Christianity as Greek mythological drama / Anise K. Strong Divine animation: Clash of the Titans (1981) / Dan Curley.
Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index.