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Theatres on Film
Author: Professor Russell Jackson

ISBN: 9780719088797
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 31 March 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 17.0 x 2.54
All films are about the theatre: there is no other subject,' wrote Jacques Rivette, pre-eminent filmmaker and theorist of the French New Wave. Theatres on Film is an innovative contribution to the study of both theatre and film history. From the early days of cinema, the relationship between theatre and the cinema has been one of tension in which the need to assert independence is mingled with a degree of respect and anxiety regarding the supposedly superior status of the senior partner.

With its detailed discussion of popular and influential films that have taken the theatre as their subject, informed by a strong sense of the cultural and historical background, The emphasis is on films made after the advent of synchronised sound, which brought to the fore both the attraction' and threat of the theatre, reflected in the substance as well as the promotion and reception of such films as The Jazz Singer (1927). Rather than attempt a catalogue of survey of the hundreds of films in which theatre appears, Theatres on Film focuses on the significance and effect of theatrical subject matter in key films in several genres, and ranges from Busby Berkeley an...

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