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Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

Phil Powrie and Eric Rebillard


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 subje ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621972
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Powrie, author

Eric Rebillard, author