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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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Barrymore and the Scene of Acting: Gesture, Speech, and the Repression of Cinematic Performance

Barrymore and the Scene of Acting: Gesture, Speech, and the Repression of Cinematic Performance

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(p.157) Chapter 13 Barrymore and the Scene of Acting: Gesture, Speech, and the Repression of Cinematic Performance
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Hamlet Lives in Hollywood
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Barry Langford

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0014

This essay uncovers the nascent modernity of Barrymore’s work in the late silent film The Beloved Rogue. In this film, as this essay shows, Barrymore gives a self-referential screen performance that anticipates the relatively restrained and more colloquial performances in his later sound films, but without the turn to self-parody that would characterize the work near the end of his life.

Keywords:   The Beloved Rogue, John Barrymore, film performance, self-reflexivity

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