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The British Film Institute  is pleased to announce the publication of:

Journeys of Desire: European Actors in Hollywood: A Critical Companion

Alastair Phillips is Lecturer in Film Studies at 
the University of Reading. Ginette Vincendeau is 
Professor of Film Studies at the University of 
Warwick.

http://go.ucpress.edu/PhillipsJourneys

_Journeys of Desire_ is the first comprehensive 
critical guide to European actors in American 
film, bringing together fifteen overview chapters 
with A-Z entries on over 900 individuals in one 
accessible volume.
Since the early days of the US film industry, 
European actors have consistently been a major 
force in Hollywood. Screen idols such as Charlie 
Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Charles 
Boyer, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, Arnold 
Schwarzenegger,  and Antonio Banderas, as well as 
scores of more modest players, have profoundly 
shaped "American" cinema.  They have also 
contributed to the propagation of European types 
and stereotypes such as the "Russian" and Nordic 
queens played by Garbo and Dietrich, the French 
_roués_ popularised by Chevalier, the fiery 
Latinos depicted by Banderas, and the British 
arch-villains played by Steven Berkoff, Anthony 
Hopkins, and Tim Roth.  Films such as _Casablanca 
_(1942), _Gigi_ (1958), _Green Card_ (1990) and 
_Vanilla Sky roués_(2001), among many others, 
would not be the same without them.
Contributions from a team of seventy 
international experts provide groundbreaking case 
studies of prominent individuals and phenomena 
associated with the émigrés, such as the retired 
Russian officers who played crowds in silent 
films, the stereotyping of European actresses in 
"bad women" roles, and the ultimate irony of 
Jewish actors playing Nazis. Individual entries 
chart the careers and screen performances of the 
European actors-from Victoria Abril to Mai 
Zetterling-who appeared in American movies.

British Film Institute books are distributed in 
North America and Asia by the University of 
California Press.

Full information about the bookis available 
online: http://go.ucpress.edu/PhillipsJourneys

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