classical Greek literature genre "epic" is passed
on to the film as epic structure.
This refers to a dramaturgically broad, narrative form, where
the scenes are loosely connected to each other.
examples of epic drama genre, or epic film: Lawrence of Arabia,
Gandhi, 1900 and The Last Emperor.
Lean: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [us.imdb.com/Title?0056172]
Attenborough: Gandhi (1982) [us.imdb.com/Title?0083987]
Bertolucci: The Last Emperor (1987) [us.imdb.com/Title?0093389]
Bertolucci: 1900 (1976) [us.imdb.com/Title?0074084]