Acting for the Silent Screen

Film Actors and Aspiration between the Wars
by Chris O'Rourke
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Series: Cinema and Society

Publication Date: March 06, 2019

ISBN: 9781786720597

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A young man leaves his home to look for work in the cinema industry and disappears into the anonymity of showbiz rebuffals. A shop girl wins a newspaper competition and is transformed overnight into a transatlantic star. An aristocrat swaps high society for the film studio when she 'consents' to act in a series of films, thus legitimising acting for what some might have considered a 'low' art form. Stories like these were the stuff of newspaper headlines in 1920s Britain and reflected a national 'craze' for the cinema. They also demonstrated radical changes in attitudes and values within British society in the wake of World War I.