Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France [Hardback]

Joseph Harriss (Author)

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ISBN: 9780813196329 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Series: Screen Classics | Year of Publication: 2023 | Language: English 328p, H229 x W152 (mm) 51 b&w illustrations
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Jean Gabin

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When one thinks of the quintessential Frenchman, one likely pictures Jean Gabin (1904-1976). The son of music hall performers, the Paris-born actor grew up in the entertainment business. His onscreen debut in the 1930's marked the beginning of many memorable roles in films such as La Grande Illusion (1937) and Émile Zola's La Bête Humaine (1938). His performances would earn him international recognition and establish his reputation as one of the greatest stars of film noir.

Pausing his performances on screen, Gabin joined the Allied struggle of WWII. Serving under General Charles De Gaulle in the Free French Forces as a tank commander, Gabin was awarded several medals for his service. Upon his return to acting after the war, he became the embodiment of the uniquely French spirit
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In Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France, Joseph Harriss tells the story of this French icon. This well-researched biography documents Gabin's life from his start as a reluctant singer and dancer in Parisian music halls to his rise to film superstardom. Harriss recounts the actor's multi-faceted persona, including his famously fiery temper, his tumultuous love affairs
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Table of Contents

The Moncorgés
 
Good for Nothing
 
Becoming Gabin
 
Moulin Rouge
 
First Films
 
Rising Star
 
Breakthrough
 
Politics and Poetics
 
Prewar Classics
 
Prewar Classics
 
Storm Clouds of War
 
Escape to America
 
Hollywood Alien
 
Marlene
 
Free French
 
Oldest Tank Commander
 
Gray Years
 
Dream Realized
 
New Persona
 
Monument
 
Filmography

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