Looking back

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:
Looking back

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Many of the films following Un Chien andalou are either not extant or extant only in part, giving us a partial view of Pierre Batcheff's work in this period. They are not extant partly because they are, according to contemporary accounts, uninspiring films. This chapter presents a more sustained analysis of Batcheff's final film, Baroud, whose two language versions, English and French, are extant. Why were Batcheff's last films so unsuccessful? One reason is that they looked backwards rather than forwards, one might argue, replaying aspects of his image at a time when he himself had moved radically away from it with Les Deux Timides and Un Chien andalou. Another reason is the transition to sound. Aside from Baroud, this chapter examines Illusions (January 1930), Le Roi de Paris (August 1930), Les Amours de minuit (January 1931)/Mitternachtsliebe (September 1931), and Le Rebelle (August 1931).

Keywords: Un Chien andalou; Pierre Batcheff; films; Baroud; sound; Illusions; Le Roi de Paris; Les Amours de minuit; Le Rebelle

Chapter.  7121 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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