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Hamlet Lives in Hollywood – John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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Hamlet Lives in Hollywood: John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen

Murray Pomerance and Steven Rybin


John Barrymore’s influence on screen and stage in the early twentieth century is incalculable. His performances in the theater defined Shakespeare for a generation, and his transition to cinema brought his theatrical performativity to both silent and sound screens. However, in today’s cinema culture, which favors “realistically” grounded performance and harbors suspicions of theatricality as “over-acting” or as somehow irreducibly different from acting in the cinema, both the historical and ongoing importance of John Barrymore’s uniquely cinematic theatricality is often forgotten or disregarde ... More

Keywords: Film, cinema, performance, stardom, acting

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474411394
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Murray Pomerance, editor

Steven Rybin, editor
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Steven Rybin and Murray Pomerance

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