The Grand Guignol: Theatre of Fear and Terror

Mel Gordon
Perseus Books Group, 1997 - 174 pagina's
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From its beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris and throughout its sixty-year reign of terror, the Theatre of the Grand Guignol gleefully celebrated horror and fear. Innocent victims, mangled beauty, insanity, mutilation, depravity, and guilt were its primary themes. By dissecting primal taboos in an unprecedentedly graphic manner, it became the progenitor of all the blood-spilling, eye-gouging, and limb-hacking "splatter" movies of today. This first English-language book on Grand Guignol examines its history, themes, and methods; summarizes its plots; provides the texts of two typical plays; and illustrates it with close to 100 pictures.

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Review: The Grand Guignol

Gebruikersrecensie  - Rod - Goodreads

This is a really nicely compiled book on the greatest theatre in history. The excerpts from the scripts was a really nice treat, and only someone like Mel Gordon could capture something as crazy as the Grand Guignol. Volledige recensie lezen

Review: The Grand Guignol

Gebruikersrecensie  - John-Christian - Goodreads

History of horror theater upon whose shoulders all modern horror/gore films stand. Wonder what would happen if modern checkout counter rags like The Star or The National Enquirer were the source of ... Volledige recensie lezen


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Mel Gordon is Professor of Theater Arts at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of twelve books, including "The Grand Guignol," "Dada Performance," "The Stanislavsky Technique," and the Feral House titles, "Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant" and "The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber.

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