The “voix d’or” on silent film: the case of Sarah Bernhardt

Duckett, Victoria 2013, The “voix d’or” on silent film: the case of Sarah BernhardtResearching women in silent cinema: new findings and perspectives, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, pp.318-333, doi: 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/3827.

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Title The “voix d’or” on silent film: the case of Sarah Bernhardt
Author(s) Duckett, VictoriaORCID iD for Duckett, Victoria
Title of book Researching women in silent cinema: new findings and perspectives
Publication date 2013
Series Women and screen cultures
Chapter number 22
Total chapters 30
Start page 318
End page 333
Total pages 15
Publisher University of Bologna
Place of Publication Bologna, Italy
Summary Sarah Bernhardt is a paradigmatic case study for the joining of voice and silent film. This is because she was famous for her 'voix d'or' on the theatrical stage and because she was highly visible in the nascent period of the cinema's development. Traditionally considered an example of actress in the silent period who was 'silenced' by film, she has also been considered an anachronistic and ineffective on-screen performer. I argue instead that Bernhardt's films were not mute records of her live stage action but works that further promoted and developed her polymorphous body at the opening of the twentieth century.
ISBN 9788898010103
ISSN 2283-6462
Edition 1st
Language eng
DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/3827
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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