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Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France (Paperback)
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Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France (Paperback)

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Paperback 150 Pages / Published: 30/12/2018
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Jean Gabin did more than star in the iconic movies still screened in classic film festivals the world over. From Le Quai des Brumes and La Grande Illusion to Touchez Pas au Grisbi and French Cancan, his 95 roles during his 45-year career form a mosaic of French life. As the director Costa-Gavras put it, "When you saw Gabin, it was France." In this first full-length biography of him in English, Joseph Harriss shows graphically how and why Gabin, almost despite himself, became, under directors like Julien Duvivier, Marcel Carne, and Jean Renoir, a first-magnitude actor. He details Gabin's reluctant start in show business as a song and dance man at the Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergere, and his precursive part in the realisme poetique and film noir movements of the 1930s and `40s. Also covered are the politico-economic context of the time, Gabin's unhappy Hollywood years, and his largely unknown role in the World War II liberation of France. Gabin's tumultuous, often painful affairs with Michele Morgan and Marlene Dietrich, and his real-life role as a Normandy gentleman farmer round out an intimate, revealing portrait of this shy, reserved man who became a monument of 20th-century cinema.

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN: 9781476676272
Number of pages: 150
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 8 mm

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