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Description - Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema by Phil Powrie

This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780748621972
ISBN-10: 0748621970
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Phil Powrie

Phil Powrie is Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Sheffield. He has published widely in French cinema studies, including French Cinema in the 1980s: Nostalgia and the Crisis of Masculinity (Oxford University Press, 1997), Contemporary French Cinema: Continuity and Difference (editor, Oxford University Press, 1999), Jean-Jacques Beineix (Manchester University Press, 2001), French Cinema: An Introduction (co-authored with Keith Reader, Arnold, 2002), and 24 Frames: French Cinema (editor, Wallflower Press, 2005). Eric Rebillard is a member of the Association Francaise de Recherche sur l'Histoire du Cinema, and co-author with Phil Powrie of 'Sauvage et mignon: A Star Study of Pierre Batcheff', in Bunuel, siglo XXI (Zaragoza University Press, 2004).

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