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Mythology of fantasy

by Máté Csóka
From I. to V. the stories become more and more realistic, from V. to I. the stories become more and more fantastical. I. Extreme Fantasy: (the miracle is out in the world) 1. Fantasy: Korda Sándor’s The Thief of Bagdad (1940) Aleksandr Ptushko: The Stone Flower (1946) Vittorio de Sica: Miracle in Milan (1951) Aleksandr Ptushko: Sadko (1952) Lev Atamanov: The Snow Queen (1957) Ivan Aksenchuk: The Little Mermaid (1968) Vladimir Chebotaryov and Gennadi Kazansky: The Amphibian Man (1962) Aleksandr Ptushko: Ruslan and Ludmila (1972) Vladimir Bychkov: Rusalochka (1976) Jankovics Marcell: The Son of the White Mare (1981) Wolfgang Petersen: The… Read more

From I. to V. the stories become more and more realistic, from V. to I. the stories become more and more fantastical.

I. Extreme Fantasy: (the miracle is out in the world)

1. Fantasy:
Korda Sándor’s The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Aleksandr Ptushko: The Stone Flower (1946)
Vittorio de Sica: Miracle in Milan (1951)
Aleksandr Ptushko: Sadko (1952)
Lev Atamanov: The Snow Queen (1957)
Ivan Aksenchuk: The Little Mermaid (1968)
Vladimir Chebotaryov and Gennadi Kazansky: The Amphibian Man (1962)
Aleksandr Ptushko: Ruslan and Ludmila (1972)
Vladimir Bychkov: Rusalochka (1976)
Jankovics Marcell: The Son of the White Mare (1981)
Wolfgang Petersen: The Neverending Story (1984) (o)
Russell Mulcahy: The Highlander (1986) (o)
Terry Gilliam: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Joe Johnston: Jumanji (1995)
Peter Jackson: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Peter Jackson: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Peter Jackson: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Chris Columbus: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Chris Columbus: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Alfonso Cuarón: Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban (2004)
Mike Newell: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Hayao Miyazaki: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Andrew Adamson: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Goro Miyazaki: Tlaes from the Earthsea (2006)
Chris Weitz: The Golden Compass (2007)
Andrew Adamson: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Mark Waters: The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
Eric Brevig: Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders: How to Train your Dragon (2010)
Nathan Greno and Byron Howard: Tangled (2010)

2. Alice Stories
Cecil M. Hepworth and Percy Stow: Alice in Wonderland (1903)
Otis Turner: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
Victor Fleming: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske: Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Malice in Wonderland (1982)
Jan Svankmajer: Alice (1988)
Hayao Miyazaki: My Neighbour Totoro (1988)
Tetsuro Aoki: Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (1995)
Hayao Miyazaki: Spirited Away (2001)
Guillermo del Toro: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Tim Burton: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

II. Historical fantasy: (fantasy moderated by the facts of history)

1. Wuxia
King Hu: Dragon Inn (1967)
King Hu: A Touch of Zen (1971)
King Hu: Swordsman (1990)
Ronnie Yu: The Bride with White Hair (1993)
Wong Kar-wai: Ashes of Time (1994)
Chen Kaige: The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
Zhang Yimou: Hero (2002)
Ping He: Warriors of Heavan and Earth (2003)
Zhang Yimou: House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Tsui Hark: Seven Swords (2005)
Feng Xiaogang: Legend of the Black Scorpion (2006)
Zhang Yimou: Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
John Woo: Red Cliff 1. (2008)
John Woo: Red Cliff 2. (2009)
Jingle Ma and Wei Dong: Hua Mulan (2009)
Daniel Lee: 14 Blades (2010)
Su Chao-Bin: Reign of Assassins (2010)
Tsui Hark: Detective Dee and the mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
Robert Fitzgerald Diggs: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

2. Peplum (From fantasy to war)
Don Chaffey: Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Pierre Watrin: The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976)!
Luigi Cozzi: The Adventures of Hercules (1985)
Ridley Scott: Gladiator (2000)
Alain Chabat: Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)
Wolfgang Petersen: Troy (2004)
Oliver Stone: Alexander (2004)
Shinichiro Sawai: Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007)

3. Knights
Jankovics Marcell: Johnny Corncob (1973)
John Boorman: Excalibur (1981)
Luc Besson: Joan of Arc (1999)
Brian Helgeland: A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson: Shrek (2001)
Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon: Shrek 2. (2004)
Ridley Scott: Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Ridley Scott: Robin Hood (2010)

III. Superheroism (fantasy is moderated by placing the miracle from the outside to the world to the inside of the the central character)

1. Active superheroes:
Roger Vadim: Barbarella (1968)
Mario Bava: Diabolik (1968)
Gilberto Martínez Solares: Santo and Blue Demon Against the Demons (1970) (o)
Michael Anderson: Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) (o)
Shan Hua: The Super Infra-Man (1975) (o)
Richard Donner: Superman (1978) (o)
Tim Burton: Batman (1989)
Ronnie Yu: The Bride with White Hair (1993)
Oley Sassone: The Fantastic Four (1994) (o)
Sam Raimi: Spiderman (2002) (o)
Ang Lee: Hulk (2003) (o)
Brad Bird: The Incredibles (2004)
Robert Rodriguez: The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)
Christopher Nolan: Batman Begins (2005)
Rakesh Roshan: Krrish (2006)
Joss Whedon: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008)
Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight (2008)
Edgar Wright: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

2. Saint legends (passive superheroes / superheroes of suffering) (fantasy moderated by the facts of theology)
Fred Niblo: Ben Hur (1925)
Carl Theodor Dreyer: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Roberto Rosselini: Stromboli (1950)
Pasolini: The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
Evald Schorm: The End of a Priest (1969)
Franco Zeffirelli: Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
Terry Jones: Life of Brian (1979)
Kevin Smith: Dogma (1999)
Mel Gibson: The Passion of the Christ (2004)

3. Biotitanism (nature as a superhero)
Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack: King Kong (1933)
Ishiro Honda: Godzilla (1954)
Karel Zeman: Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955) (o)
Ishiro Honda: Rodan (1956)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Birds (1963)
Steven Spielberg: Jaws (1975)
Kevin Connor: The Land that Time Forgot (1975) (o)
Joe Dante: Piranha (1978)
Don Bluth: The Land Before Time (1988)
Kazuki Ohmori: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
Steven Spielberg: Jurassic Park (1993)
Roland Emmerich: Godzilla (1998)
Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge: Ice Age (2002)
Peter Jackson: King Kong (2005)
Carlos Saldanha: Ice Age 2. The Meltdown (2006)
Hayao Miyazaki: Ponyo (2008)
Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeier: Ice Age 3. Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeier: Ice Age 4. Continental Drift (2012)
Alexandre Aja: Piranha (2010)

IV. Science fantasy / Sci-fi (fantasy moderated by the facts of science)

V. Diedreams: (fantasy withdrawed by a special mental state)

Edward A. Blatt: Between Two Worlds (1944) (o)
Jean Delannoy and Jean-Paul Sartre: Les jeux sont faits (1947) (o)
Alain Resnais: Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Herk Harvey: Carneval of Souls (1962) (o)
André Delvaux: Un Soir, Un Train (1968)
Walerian Borowczyk: The Margin (1976) (o)
Claude Chabrol: Alice or the Last Escape (1977)
Dino Risi: Ghost of Love (1981) (o)
Vadim Abdrashitov: Parade of the Planets (1986) (o)
Blake Edwards: Switch (1991) (o)
Hirokazu Koreeda: After Life (1998)
Richard Kelly: Donnie Darko (2001)
Jens Lien: The Bothersome Man (2006)
Tsai Ming-liang: I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006)

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