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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Gebruikersrecensie  - Annie Oosterwyk - Goodreads

A good overview of the Grand Guignol and its historical context. My interest stems from "The Bones of Paris" by Laurie R. King and also Neil Gaiman's reading list. This book is a concise history of ... Volledige recensie lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - Tim - Goodreads

This was a lively and fun look at the history of this Paris theatre (from 1892 to 1957 or so), it's influence, style, etc. There are numerous good illustrations and photos. My favorite section was a ... 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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