Chanteuse in the City Kelley Conway

ISBN: 9781282763180

Published: January 1st 2004

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273 pages


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Chanteuse in the City  by  Kelley Conway

Chanteuse in the City by Kelley Conway
January 1st 2004 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 273 pages | ISBN: 9781282763180 | 6.30 Mb

Long before Edith Piaf sang La vie en rose, her predecessors took to the stage of the belle epoque music hall, singing of female desire, the treachery of men, the harshness of working-class life, and the rough neighborhoods of Paris. Icon ofMoreLong before Edith Piaf sang La vie en rose, her predecessors took to the stage of the belle epoque music hall, singing of female desire, the treachery of men, the harshness of working-class life, and the rough neighborhoods of Paris.

Icon of working-class femininity and the underworld, the realist singer signaled the emergence of new cultural roles for women as well as shifts in the nature of popular entertainment. Chanteuse in the City provides a genealogy of realist performance through analysis of the music hall careers and film roles of Mistinguett, Josephine Baker, Frehel, and Damia. Above all, Conway offers a fresh interpretation of 1930s French cinema, emphasizing its love affair with popular song and its close connections to the music hall and the cafe-concert.

Conway uncovers an important tradition of female performance in the golden era of French film, usually viewed as a cinema preoccupied with masculinity. She shows howin films such as Pepe le Moko, Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, and Zouzouthe realist chanteuse addresses female despair at the hopelessness of love. Conway also sheds light on the larger cultural implications of the shift from the intimate cafe-concert to the spectacular music hall, before the talkies displaced both kinds of live performance altogether.



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