Mithopoetic Aspects in Contemporary Screen Culture


The article explores «the hero’s journey» – a universal mythological formula widely used in the cinema – as it is applied to the film «The Return» by A. Zvyagintsev. Myth here is seen as a way in which the author (director) expresses his concept, as well as a frame through which the reality and the individual destiny are perceived. It is a new mythology that has its origins within archaic and classical mythology, but also absorbs the entire spectrum of current sociocultural transformations.

Keywords: screen culture, media, art film, mythopoeia, monomyph, hero’s journey

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