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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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“I Never Thought I Should Sink So Low as to Become an Actor”: John Barrymore in Twentieth Century

“I Never Thought I Should Sink So Low as to Become an Actor”: John Barrymore in Twentieth Century

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(p.169) Chapter 14 “I Never Thought I Should Sink So Low as to Become an Actor”: John Barrymore in Twentieth Century
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Hamlet Lives in Hollywood
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William Rothman

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411394.003.0015

In Twentieth Century (1934), John Barrymore as Oscar Jaffe gives a performance so stupendous in its theatricality and wit that it ranks as one of the most brilliant – and most profound – in the history of cinema. This chapter argues that in its utterly ironic yet utterly honest way, Barrymore’s performance (to phrase Oscar himself) sums up everything this great actor knew about talent, about the theater, and about genius.

Keywords:   Twentieth Century, John Barrymore, cinema, film performance

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