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Grand-Guignol: The French Theatre of Horror

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The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris (1897-1962) achieved a legendary reputation as the 'Theatre of Horror,' a venue displaying such explicit violence and blood-curdling terror that a resident doctor was employed to treat the numerous spectators who fainted each night. Indeed, the phrase 'grand guignol' has entered the language to describe any display of sensational ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by University of Exeter Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Woolrich13
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best accessible survey of the Grand Guignol, the theatre of horror that thrived in the Pignalle neighborhood of Paris starting in the late 19th century. The authors survey seminal Guignol source authors like Maurice Level and Andre de Lorde as well as including full texts of translated plays. There are plenty of rare illustrations and photographs also. This is a highly recommended book, if you are interested in this theatre genre.
R.G. Evans
The informational, expository section of Hand & Wilson’s Grand-Guignol: The French Theatre of Horror is dry, dry, dry, reading as it does more like an academic thesis than a commercially published book of interest to genre aficionados . Tantalizing in its many notes and references to other sources, both print (notably Mel Gordon’s 1997 book on the Grand-Guignol , which I highly recommend as a history of the theatre) and cinema, Hand & Wilson’s book serves better as a guide for what else ...more
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Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it
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This is one of those books that is fascinating and repelling at the same time. People doing plays about people being tortured and killed in grisly ways? I guess all I can say is that the French are strange. But I read the book, so I can't judge.
Alexandre
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
A maioria das peças é excelente, mas uma ou duas são um tanto bobas. Prefácio informativo mas ocasionalmente imbecil (fazendo alusões malucas a racismo, colonialismo, sexismo etc).
Kayleigh Marie Marie
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is basically the definitive word from a real expert in this field. You can't go wrong with this book if you're looking for information on Grand Guignol, and it's a good read too.
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Very detailed and informative, contains a large section on the historic background and technical aspects of the Grand Guignol and ten plays, each with a detailed introduction and background.
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This was a good read and very thorough, if brief, summary of this famous theater and the plays it produced. I was always interested in learning about them and that interest has been satiated.
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