Category Archives: Drama

Antigone in Sewanee 1894

Various Notices on the Sewanee Production of Antigone of 1894 “Loftier than this devotion to the legitimate, semi-legitimate, and wholly illegitimate drama, is the success on the stage of the students of the Greek department, who, under the direction of … Continue reading

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Modern origins of the manly-man Roman fore-arm handshake

Evidently, men did not say hello and goodbye in antiquity as Basil Sydney and Stewart Granger are doing so below in 1953’s Salome, with a firm grip on one another’s forearms.   Whence the mutual clasping of radius and ulna? … Continue reading

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Fake Jan!

You may not know this, but January 2nd is, to some online hipsters that I do not count myself among, sometimes called “Fake Jan” Day. Jan 2. Get it? The whole thing involves the Brady Bunch Variety Hour in some … Continue reading

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Telly Savalas’ cuirass

At $3500, I have no intention of buying the cuirass worn by Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Story Ever Told, now up for auction at 1stdibs. It sure is sweet to look at a bunch of pictures of … Continue reading

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Scorsese on Bowie as Pilate

Excerpt from interview with Martin Scorsese, from Dylan Jones, David Bowie: A Life I’m sitting in my director’s chair and there are some chairs behind me and suddenly I feel a tap on my shoulder and I turn around and there I … Continue reading

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What’s in a Place-name?

Metonomasia is an obscure term– it’s not even found in the OED!– but it’s a real thing, the alteration of a place-name. Very often this takes place for political reasons: think of the change of St. Petersburg to Leningrad and … Continue reading

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RIP, Barry Dennen

One morning, back in the summer of 2015, I made up my mind to go ahead with writing a book about Pontius Pilate in film, the quintessential Roman in the quintessential modern art form. How much fun would that be, … Continue reading

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