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Her Majesty moves: Sarah Bernhardt, Queen Elizabeth and the development of motion pictures

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posted on 2016-02-01, 00:00 authored by Victoria DuckettVictoria Duckett
Sarah Bernhardt, the greatest theatrical star of the late nineteenth century, enabled and even promoted the association of early film with the British monarchy. She did this literally, by playing the role of Queen Elizabeth in Queen Elizabeth (Les Amours de la Reine Elisabeth, Henri Desfontaines and Louis Mercanton, 1912). Bernhardt also promoted the association of the cinema with monarchy symbolically, making the medium a new empathetic vehicle for the development of celebrity mystique and global power.

History

Chapter number

5

Pagination

111-131

ISBN-13

9780719099564

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter, B Book chapter

Copyright notice

2016, Manchester University Press

Extent

17

Editor/Contributor(s)

Merck M

Publisher

Manchester University Press

Place of publication

Manchester, Eng.

Title of book

British monarchy on screen