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Réjane: La reine du boulevard (The Queen of the Boulevard)
     

Réjane: La reine du boulevard (The Queen of the Boulevard)

by Rejane (Artist)
 

Beautiful, smart, quick-witted and highly talented, Gabrielle Reju, known as Réjane, was—along with Sarah Bernhardt—the most celebrated French actress of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A luminous ''queen of the boulevard,'' she galvanized audiences in New York, London and Paris with her forward-looking style of representation,

Overview

Beautiful, smart, quick-witted and highly talented, Gabrielle Reju, known as Réjane, was—along with Sarah Bernhardt—the most celebrated French actress of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A luminous ''queen of the boulevard,'' she galvanized audiences in New York, London and Paris with her forward-looking style of representation, described by her contemporaries as "Nerve Art." She found her greatest successes in contemporary plays by such authors as Meilhac, Sardou, Bernstein and Bataille. But unlike her friend and rival Bernhardt, Réjane has largely disappeared from memory. It is the mission of Réjane: Queen of the Boulevard to help restore her to her rightful place in history. The book begins with an essay by François Baudot, and includes scene photographs by such renowned contemporaries as Paul Nadar and Charles Reutlinger. These images commemorate a woman who personifies like no one else ''La Parisienne'' and the days of ''La Belle Epoque.''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783882437522
Publisher:
Edition 7L
Publication date:
11/21/2008
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
12.50(w) x 14.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

French actress Gabrielle Reju, known as Rejane, was born in Paris in 1856. She achieved her first great success in 1883 in Meilhac's Ma Camarade. Guest performances in London and New York followed. Rejane's most famous role was Catherine in Sardou's Madame Sans-Gene. In 1905 she opened the Theatre Rejane in Paris, and retired from the stage in 1915. Rejane died in Paris in 1920.

Francois Baudot, editorial consultant of Elle, author, art and literary critic, lives and works in Paris. She is the author of many books and monographs on Coco Chanel, Yohji Yamamoto, Paul Poiret, Diego Jiacometti, Jean-Michel Frank among others.

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