Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema
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Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema by Phil Powrie
Book DescriptionThis book is the first major study of a French silent cinema star. It focuses on Pierre Batcheff, a prominent popular cinema star in the 1920s, the French Valentino, best-known to modern audiences for his role as the protagonist of the avant-garde film classic Un chien andalou. Unlike other stars, he was linked to intellectual circles, especially the Surrealists. The book places Batcheff in the context of 1920s popular cinema, with specific reference to male stars of the period. It analyses the tensions he exemplifies between the 'popular' and the 'intellectual' during the 1920s, as cinema - the subject of intense intellectual interest across Europe - was racked between commercialism and 'art'. A number of the major films are studied in detail: Le Double amour (Epstein, 1925), Feu Mathias Pascal (L'Herbier, 1925), Education de prince (Diamant-Berger, 1927), Le Joueur d'echecs (Bernard, 1927), La Sirene des tropiques (Etievant and Nalpas, 1927), Les Deux timides (Clair, 1928), Un chien andalou (Bunuel, 1929), Monte-Cristo (Fescourt, 1929), and Baroud (Ingram, 1932). Key features: *The first major study of a French silent cinema star. *Provides an in-depth analysis of star performance. *Includes extensive appendices of documents from popular cinema magazines of the period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748621972
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Phil Powrie
Composing for the Screen in Germany and the USSR, Paperback (December 2007)
An innovative look into the intersection of film and music in Russia and Germany
Cinema of France, Paperback (June 2005)
Providing a look at some of the most influential French films, this work contains 24 essays, each on an individual film. It features works from the silent period and Poetic Realism, through the stylistic developments of the New Wave, and up to more contemporary challenging films.
French Cinema in the 1990s, Hardback (November 1999)» View all books by Phil Powrie
The first collection of essays by UK and USA academics working in French cinema studies on French cinema in the 1990s. There are twenty-one chapters, fifteen of which focus on one film each. Issues covered are genre (the changing heritage film), gender and ethnic issues, community, and national cinema.
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Author Biography - Phil Powrie
Phil Powrie is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at the University of Surrey. Eric Rebillard is a member of the Association Francaise de Recherche sur l'Histoire du Cinema.
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