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John Boardman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181752

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181752.001.0001

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Alexander, Star of Film, Stage, and Novel

Alexander, Star of Film, Stage, and Novel

(p.138) VIII Alexander, Star of Film, Stage, and Novel
Alexander the Great

John Boardman

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores how Alexander seems to have been ignored as a subject for the movies until after the Second World War, but he was soon on the stage, as in Terence Rattigan's Adventure Story (1949). Soon after, a full-length film, Alexander the Great, was shot in Spain in 1955, starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. Alexander has also been a subject for children's films. Maya the Bee was a German book by Waldemar Bousels of 1912. As for novels, Louis Couperus (Dutch, 1863–1923) wrote an Iskander. De roman van Alexander de Grate. Meanwhile, the novels The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams and Sunset Oasis by Baha Taher deals with an Alexander buried at Siwa.

Keywords:   Alexander the Great, Second World War, Adventure Story, Alexander the Great, Maya the Bee, The Alexander Cipher, Sunset Oasis

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