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Charles Boyer By John Baxter

Charles Boyer by John Baxter

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A fascinating exploration of the life of Charles Boyer.

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Charles Boyer: The French Lover by John Baxter

For generations of film and theatre audiences, Charles Boyer was the archetypal Frenchman - cultured, courteous, seductive, yet never quite at home in a culture not his own. Even his murmuring baritone voice echoed that loss, giving him the very essence of romance. While one might have expected that the real-life Boyer was a playboy and serial seducer, in reality, he was intensely private, thoughtful, and fidelitous in love - and very professionally astute. The Great Lover is the first biography of Boyer to exist in English in almost forty years. In an insightful analysis of Boyer's choice of roles during and after World War II, author John Baxter reveals how Boyer, realizing his accent would always mark him as an outsider, both embraced and subverted that identity. Baxter relates how Boyer established himself in the theatre and cinema of France, confidently transitioning from silent film to sound and making a name for himself as a romantic leading man in Hollywood through the early 1940s. During World War II, Boyer put his career on hold to become politically active on behalf of his occupied home country. Upon returning to acting, Baxter shows how Boyer adapted effortlessly to postwar character roles in both Europe and the United States. He entered television in the 1950s as producer and performer, and then remade himself as a comedy performer in the 1960s. A four-time Academy Award nominee, he was honored by the Academy only once for his activities on behalf of France during World War II. Far from clinging to the performances that made him famous, Boyer showed a readiness to break the mold. Yet above all, Baxter argues that Boyer's greatest achievement lies in being the embodiment of exiles everywhere.

About John Baxter

John Baxter, codirector of the annual Paris Writers Workshop, is the author of Immovable Feast: A Paris Christmas and We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, as well as biographies of many Hollywood luminaries including Federico Fellini, Luis Bunuel, Steven Spielberg, Ken Russell, George Lucas, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, and Robert DeNiro. He lives in Paris, France.

Table of Contents

Preface The Eyes of a Stranger All Quiet on the Western Front Paris On the Road To Be Famous and To Be Loved Movies Bernstein On Trial Ufa and After Mid-Atlantic A Ride on the Carousel The Boyer Type The Love of His Life The Japanese Sandman Think American Discord The Sleeping Prince Only God and I Know What Is In My Heart The Best Head Waiter in Europe Immortal Longings Exiles Lazy and Hot and Happy Come With Me To The Casbah Sex on the High Seas The Gathering Storm Blood, Toil, Sweat and Tears The World's Best-Dressed Governess The War at Home A Voice Singing in the Snow The Golden Door The Most Popular Frenchman in America Love and Death Not What It Looks Like Love in a Cold Climate Stranger in a Strange Land Why, this is Hell, Nor Am I Out of It. No Fixed Place of Abode One Star Short Superficially Superficial Great Body, Beautiful Soul Sins of the Father Men of Distinction The Calm Before the Storm Man and Boy. Michael Fade to Black The Rold of a Lifetime Envoi Notes Filmography Bibliography Index

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Charles Boyer: The French Lover by John Baxter
The University Press of Kentucky
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