Mythological Equines in Film
Edited by Rachel L. Carzo
MATTHEW CONTRIBUTED TWO CHAPTERS TO THIS BOOK!
"Pegasi and Beethoven: Sights and Sounds in Disney's Fantasia"
Co-written with Azucena Trejo Williams
Matthew Hodge and Azucena Trejo Williams's contributing chapter to this scholarly collection analyzes and interprets Disney's intricate process of synchronizing Beethoven's famous Pastoral Symphony with animated visuals of ancient Greek mythology -- specifically with Pegasus and his family of pegasi (flying horses) -- for Walt Disney's 1940 praised (and criticized) film Fantasia.
"Horse Depictions in Equus: Losing Staged Symbolism on Screen"
Co-written with Dr. Wade Newhouse and Amy Pridgen
Matthew Hodge, Dr. Wade Newhouse, and Amy Pridgen's contributing chapter to this scholarly collection discusses Peter Shaffer's 1973 Tony Award-winning play Equus and its subsequent 1977 Academy Award-nominated film adaptation. These discussions analyze the contrast between the physical representations of the horse characters -- the film uses actual horses while the play calls for human actors in symbolic costumes -- and deconstruct the varying ranges of impact these differing portrayals can have on audiences attempting to find necessary understanding and even empathy.
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