Peter Lorre: Face Maker: Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe

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Berghahn Books, Feb 28, 2012 - Performing Arts - 222 pages
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Peter Lorre described himself as merely a 'face maker'. His own negative attitude also characterizes traditional perspectives which position Lorre as a tragic figure within film history: the promising European artist reduced to a Hollywood gimmick, unable to escape the murderous image of his role in Fritz Lang's M. This book shows that the life of Peter Lorre cannot be reduced to a series of simplistic oppositions. It reveals that, despite the limitations of his macabre star image, Lorre's screen performances were highly ambitious, and the terms of his employment were rarely restrictive. Lorre's career was a complex negotiation between transnational identity, Hollywood filmmaking practices, the ownership of star images and the mechanics of screen performance.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
LORRE AND THE EUROPEAN STAGE 19221931
15
M FRITZ LANG AND HANS BECKERT 1931
33
THE HOLLYWOOD LEADING ROLES 19351941
51
THE SUPPORTING ACTOR 19411946
81
DER VERLORENE THE LOST ONE 1951
117
THE FINAL SCREEN ROLES 19541964
137
ALTERNATIVE HOLLYWOOD MEDIA CONTEXTS
163
CONCLUSION
181
BIBLIOGRAPHY
187
INDEX
207
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Sarah Thomas is Lecturer in Film Studies at Aberystwyth University. Her research specialisms include: stardom, supporting actors and screen performance, cult cinema and stardom, celebrity and social media, film history and the historical film.

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