An undead film: the afterlives of L'ultimo uomo della Terra

Harmes, Marcus K. (2020) An undead film: the afterlives of L'ultimo uomo della Terra. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 37 (5). pp. 484-499. ISSN 1050-9208


Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel, I am Legend, has provided inspiration for three films, Sidney Salkow’s L’ultimo uomo della Terra/The Last Man on Earth (1964) starring Vincent Price, Boris Sagal’s The Omega Man (1971) starring Charlton Heston and Rosalind Cash, and Francis Lawrence’s I am Legend (2007) starring Will Smith (the direct to DVD I am Omega is not considered here). Although the novel has been a source for adaptation three times, the 1964 version is significant in its own right as a product of transnational film making, with an American star, Italian and American codirectors, U.S. setting created with Roman locations and its subsequent influence over both American and Italian horror films.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Open Access College (1 Jul 2013 - 7 Jun 2020)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Education Portfolio (1 Jan 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 00:29
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: horror cinema; Italian cinema; zombies; adaptation; Richard Matheson
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360505 Screen media
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
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