Insubstantial?: John Barrymore in Beau Brummel (1924)

Shingler, Martin (2016) Insubstantial?: John Barrymore in Beau Brummel (1924). In: Surface and Substance: Researching Male Stardom, 28-29 May 2016, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland. (Unpublished)

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This paper explores various ways in which the 1924 silent photoplay Beau Brummel, starring John Barrymore, might be considered either superficial or substantial. In the process, it analyses a short sequence of the film that suggests ways in which Barrymore’s acting created a deeper sense of interiority and psychological complexity for a character generally regarded as superficial (i.e., a man of style rather than substance). The paper also considers how the film was used as a vehicle for displaying the star’s versatility as an actor but also how it provoked reflection on the nature of stardom, particularly male stardom at the very height of Barrymore’s acting career.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Media > Film
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Media and Communications
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Depositing User: Martin Shingler
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 12:31
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 11:01

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