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A comprehensive guide to European actors in American film, this book brings together 15 chapters with A-Z entries on over 900 individuals. It includes case studies of prominent individuals and phenomena associated with the emigres, such as the stereotyping of European actresses in 'bad women' roles, and the irony of Jewish actors playing Nazis.

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Overview

A comprehensive guide to European actors in American film, this book brings together 15 chapters with A-Z entries on over 900 individuals. It includes case studies of prominent individuals and phenomena associated with the emigres, such as the stereotyping of European actresses in 'bad women' roles, and the irony of Jewish actors playing Nazis.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781844571239
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 1.42 (d)

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Alastair Phillips is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Reading. Ginette Vincendeau is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Film trade, global culture and transnational cinema : an introduction 3
Pt. II European actors and the Hollywood Film Industry
1 The long fade : French actors in silent Hollywood 21
2 Russian film extras in 1920s Hollywood 31
3 German actors in Hollywood : the long view 37
4 Opera, theatre and film : Italians in 1920s and 1930s Hollywood 45
5 The studio, the star and international audiences : paramount and chevalier 53
6 'Star trading' : the British in 1930s and 1940s Hollywood 61
7 In search of global stardom : French actors in 1990s Hollywood 71
Pt. III Emigre actors, cultural types and stereotypes
8 Small victories and grand failures : Russian actors in Hollywood 77
9 Changing bodies, changing voices : French success and failure in 1930s Hollywood 85
10 The 'foreign woman' in classical Hollywood cinema 95
11 The ultimate irony : Jews playing Nazis in Hollywood 103
12 'Not for export' : Jean Gabin in Hollywood 115
13 Louis Jourdan - the 'hyper-sexual' Frenchman 125
14 The Latin Masquerade : the Spanish in disguise in Hollywood 133
15 Acting nasty? : British male actors in contemporary Hollywood 141
Pt. IV A dictionary of European actors in Hollywood
Aims and conventions 151
A to Z of European actors in Hollywood cinema 153
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