Charles Boyer: The French Lover [Hardback]

John Baxter (Author)

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ISBN: 9780813155524 | Published by: University Press of Kentucky | Series: Screen Classics | Year of Publication: 2021 | Language: English 298p, H229 x W152 (mm) 54 b&w photos
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Charles Boyer

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For generations of film and theatre audiences, Charles Boyer was the archetypal Frenchman - cultured, courteous, seductive, yet never quite at home in a culture not his own. Even his murmuring baritone voice echoed that loss, giving him the very essence of romance. While one might have expected that the real-life Boyer was a playboy and serial seducer, in reality, he was intensely private, thoughtful, and fidelitous in love - and very professionally astute.

The Great Lover is the first biography of Boyer to exist in English in almost forty years. In an insightful analysis of Boyer's choice of roles during and after World War II, author John Baxter reveals how Boyer, realizing his accent would always mark him as an outsider, both embraced and subverted that identity. Baxter relates how Boyer established himself in the theatre and cinema of France, confidently transitioning from silent film to sound and making a name for himself as a romantic leading man in Hollywood through the early 1940s. During World War II, Boyer put his career on hold to become politically active on behalf of his occupied home country. Upon returning to acting, Baxter shows how Boyer adapted effortlessly to postwar character roles in both Europe and the United States. He entered television in the 1950s as producer and performer, and then remade himself as a comedy performer in the 1960s. A four-time Academy Award nominee, he was honored by the Academy only once for his activities on behalf of France during World War II. Far from clinging to the performances that made him famous, Boyer showed a readiness to break the mold. Yet above all, Baxter argues that Boyer's greatest achievement lies in being the embodiment of exiles everywhere.

Table of Contents

Preface
 
The Eyes of a Stranger
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
 
Paris
 
On the Road
 
To Be Famous and To Be Loved
 
Movies
 
Bernstein
 
On Trial
 
Ufa and After
 
Mid-Atlantic
 
A Ride on the Carousel
 
The Boyer Type
 
The Love of His Life
 
The Japanese Sandman
 
Think American
 
Discord
 
The Sleeping Prince
 
"Only God and I Know What Is In My Heart"
 
The Best Head Waiter in Europe
 
Immortal Longings
 
Exiles
 
Lazy and Hot and Happy
 
"Come With Me To The Casbah"
 
Sex on the High Seas
 
The Gathering Storm
 
Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears
 
The World's Best-Dressed Governess
 
The War at Home
 
A Voice Singing in the Snow
 
The Golden Door
 
The Most Popular Frenchman in America
 
Love and Death
 
Not What It Looks Like
 
Love in a Cold Climate
 
Stranger in a Strange Land
 
"Why, this is Hell, Nor Am I Out of It."
 
No Fixed Place of Abode
 
One Star Short
 
Superficially Superficial
 
Great Body, Beautiful Soul
 
Sins of the Father
 
Men of Distinction
 
The Calm Before the Storm
 
Man and Boy. Michael
 
Fade to Black
 
The Rold of a Lifetime
 
Envoi
 
Notes
 
Filmography
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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