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Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film

Victoria Duckett


The most famous theater actress of the nineteenth century, Sarah Bernhardt enjoyed a surprising renaissance when the 1912 multi-reel film Queen Elizabeth brought her international acclaim. The triumph capped her already lengthy involvement with cinema while enabling the indefatigable actress to reinvent herself in an era of technological and generational change. Placing Bernhardt at the center of the industry's first two decades, this book challenges the perception of her as an anachronism unable to appreciate film's qualities. Instead, cinema's substitution of translated title cards for her m ... More

Keywords: performing arts, Sarah Bernhardt, cinema, drama, experimentation, film, theater

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039669
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Duckett, author
Deakin University - Melbourne Burwood Campus