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<i>Comedy:</i> Les Deux Timides <i>(December 1928)</i>

Phil Powerie and Éric Rebillard

in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

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/9780748621972.003.0006
Comedy: Les Deux Timides (December 1928)

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Pierre Batcheff had been the lead in two films before 1927: Claudine et le poussin in 1924 and Le Secret d'une mère in 1926. He was the lead in no fewer than six films in the two years running from June 1927 through to June 1929. These films consolidated his status as one of the leading jeunes premiers of the decade. Les Deux Timides and Un Chien andalou, both comedies, introduce a new facet to Batcheff's skills and persona. Both films brought Batcheff closer to what he really wanted to do: engage with cinema as an art rather than the venial commerce that had led him to despise his own status as a (reluctant) film star. Finally, in both of them the masochistic elements liminally present in so many of the films we have so far considered — illness, madness, criminality, suicide, self-sacrifice — are foregrounded. Les Deux Timides and Un Chien andalou display a troubled masculinity very different from that of many other jeunes premiers.

Keywords: Pierre Batcheff; films; comedies; jeunes premiers; masculinity; Les Deux Timides; Un Chien andalou; madness; suicide; self-sacrifice

Chapter.  6950 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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