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Hamlet Lives in HollywoodJohn Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen$
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Murray Pomerance and Steven Rybin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411394

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.001.0001

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John Barrymore’s Introspective Performance in Beau Brummel

John Barrymore’s Introspective Performance in Beau Brummel

(p.47) Chapter 4 John Barrymore’s Introspective Performance in Beau Brummel
Hamlet Lives in Hollywood

Martin Shingler

Edinburgh University Press

In 1924, John Barrymore joined Warner Bros. to star in Beau Brummel, the Clyde Fitch play made famous by stage actor Richard Mansfield in 1890. Here, as this chapter explores, Barrymore fused elements of Classicism, Neo-Romanticism and Realism in his screen performance. In doing so, as the chapter suggests, Barrymore preserved the traditions of earlier generations of actors while modifying them for modern audiences and new technologies.

Keywords:   Beau Brummel, Barrymore, Romanticism, Neo-Romanticism, Realism, Classicism, performance

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