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Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

Phil Powrie and Eric Rebillard

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780748621972
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621972.001.0001
Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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This book is a 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), Éducation de prince (Diamant-Berger, 1927), Le Joueur d'échecs (Bernard, 1927), La Sirène des tropiques (Etiévant and Nalpas, 1927), Les Deux timides (Clair, 1928), Un chien andalou (Buñuel, 1929), Monte-Cristo (Fescourt, 1929), and Baroud (Ingram, 1932). The book includes extensive appendices of documents from popular cinema magazines of the period.

Keywords: silent cinema; Pierre Batcheff; Un chien andalou; Surrealists; popular cinema; commercialism; Le Double amour; Feu Mathias Pascal; Éducation de prince; Baroud

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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A short life in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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Stardom in the 1920s in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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Beginnings in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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Historical reconstructions in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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The lover in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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<i>Comedy:</i> Les Deux Timides <i>(December 1928)</i> in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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Un Chien andalou: <i>Parodying Stardom</i> in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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Looking back in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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Conclusion: uncanny bodies in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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