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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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From Rome to Berlin: Barrymore as Romantic Lover

From Rome to Berlin: Barrymore as Romantic Lover

(p.71) Chapter 6 From Rome to Berlin: Barrymore as Romantic Lover
Hamlet Lives in Hollywood

Douglas McFarland

Edinburgh University Press

In four films made from 1926 to 1932, Don Juan, Eternal Love, Arsene Lupin, and Grand Hotel, John Barrymore played a series of leading men embroiled in passionate affairs. He showed himself adept at playing the accomplished flirt, the psychologically damaged lothario, the drunken target of seduction, and the sophisticated partner in crime. As this essay shows, these roles display a breadth of characterization and reveal Barrymore’s skill as an actor in both silent and sound films.

Keywords:   John Barrymore, masculinity, sound film, film performance

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