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Phyllis Jestice wrote:
> "Summersby" is actually a thinly modernized retelling of "The Return of
> Martin Guerre"---a true story of stolen identity from ealry modern France.
> Natalie Zemon Davis did a study of the case, and there's a great movie
> version of it. There is absolutely no religious subtext that I've ever
> been able to see in the original---is it as clear as Shan suggests in the
> modern retelling?
> And to be horribly prosaic: whatever the law was in the nineteenth-century
> U.S., it was certainly a capital crime in the sixteenth century to steal
> somebody's land and wife.
> >There was a marvellous film about a man who returns from the Civil War (USA)
> >to his aristocratic wife and then with her, rejuvenates the failing fortunes
> >of the estate, including the ordinary working people. Poignant footage
> >displays their struggle to save the harvest etc.
> >He is then exposed as an impostor and not her husband at all. A court case
> >ensues and for some reson I can't remember, he is executed.
> >The story is clearly an analogue of the Sacrificial God who is chosen by the
> >Goddess to revive her and the Land (in the film the wife knows he is not her
> >returned husband but chooses to let him stay as if he were). His death is
> >clearly marked as the sacrifice of a blameless male for the good of the
> >Sorry I can't remember the name. I'm sure someone else will.
> >Shan Jayran
> >Associate Lecturer, University College Chichester
> >Ovular - online education
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> Dr. Phyllis G. Jestice
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