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Screening Sarah Bernhardt: reinterpreting acting in silent film

Duckett, Victoria 2016, Screening Sarah Bernhardt: reinterpreting acting in silent film, in Society for Theatre Research Public Lecture, Society for Theatre Resaeach, London, Eng..

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Title Screening Sarah Bernhardt: reinterpreting acting in silent film
Author(s) Duckett, VictoriaORCID iD for Duckett, Victoria orcid.org/0000-0001-7867-5014
Conference name Society for Theatre Research Lecture Series (2016: London, Eng.)
Conference location London, Eng.
Conference dates 19 Jan. 2016
Title of proceedings Society for Theatre Research Public Lecture
Publication date 2016
Publisher Society for Theatre Resaeach
Place of publication London, Eng.
Summary Sarah Bernhardt, the great nineteenth-century theatrical actress, was also the first major international film star. Appearing cross-dressed in a short Hamlet film before international audiences at the Paris Exposition of 1900, this 56-year-old French actress most famously went on to make Camille (La Dame aux Camélias, 1911) and Queen Elizabeth (Les Amours de la Reine Elisabeth, 1912). Later appearing in one of the first celebrity home movies (Sarah Bernhardt at Home, 1915), she also made a WWI propaganda film, Mothers of France (Mères Françaises, 1917). This presentation explores these films as evidence of a productive exchange between the stage and the nascent film industry. Rather than see Bernhardt’s acting as evidence of the theatre’s incommensurability with film, it will demonstrate the legacy of her stage acting as she adapted it to early film. The talk will include screenings of the films accompanied by live music.
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Copyright notice ©2016, STR
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081926

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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