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Macmillan Higher Education

Deborah Kerr

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British Film Institute

Pages: 150
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Film Stars

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Paperback - 9781844576753

26 May 2018

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This illuminating study provides a comprehensive reassessment of Deborah Kerr's career, highlighting lesser-known aspects of her star persona. Sarah Street traces the specific qualities of Kerr's screen performances, paying...

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This illuminating study provides a comprehensive reassessment of Deborah Kerr's career, highlighting lesser-known aspects of her star persona. Sarah Street traces the specific qualities of Kerr's screen performances, paying close attention to facial expression, gesture, voice and costume. Covering many iconic films, including The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, From Here to Eternity, An Affair to Remember, The Innocents and Bonjour Tristesse, this book follows Kerr’s journey from her foundational image as an 'English rose' to her performances of challenging roles in which she was cast 'against type'. Illustrated with images from Kerr’s films, this unique case study contributes to the critical understanding of film stars and screen performance.

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  • Illustrated with film stills throughout
  • Offers comprehensive coverage of Deborah Kerr's major films
  • Takes a chronological approach while identifying and assessing recurrent themes across Kerr's career
  • Provides insights into Kerr's performance skills and style
  • Explores the cinematographic fascination with Kerr's face
  • Places emphasis on voice as an important element of Kerr's persona
  • Includes new research on costume and fashion in Kerr's films
  • Examines the extent to which Kerr maintained a core persona in spite of the very different industrial contexts within which she worked
  • Considers Kerr's cultural significance and reputation and challenges accepted notions of Kerr's persona

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Rise to Stardom
The Height of Deborah Kerr's Career
Deborah Kerr's Later Years
The Stardom and Significance of Deborah Kerr
Notes
Select Bibliography
Filmography
Index.

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Sarah Street is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol, UK. Her numerous publications include European Cinema, Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the USA, Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema, co-authored with Tim Bergfelder and Sue Harris, and Colour Films in Britain: The Negotiation of Innovation, 1900-55. She has been working in recent years on the introduction of colour to British cinema, with a particular interest in British Technicolor.

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Sarah Street is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol, UK. Her numerous publications include European Cinema, Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the USA, Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema, co-authored with Tim Bergfelder and Sue Harris, and Colour Films in Britain: The Negotiation of Innovation, 1900-55. She has been working in recent years on the introduction of colour to British cinema, with a particular interest in British Technicolor.

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