Anton Walbrook: the continental consort

Williams, Michael (2008) Anton Walbrook: the continental consort. In, Bergfelder, Tim and Cargnelli, Christian (eds.) Destination London: German Speaking Émigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950. Oxford, GB, Berghahn, 155-171. (Film Europa, 6).


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In 1937 Viennese actor Anton Walbrook became an international star. While he had a growing profile in Europe, Walbrook’s Austrian and German films had received limited circulation in the UK and America, and it was the success of his Hollywood debut, The Soldier and the Lady (UK title: Michael Strogoff), directed by George Nicholls Jr., in the summer that year that consolidated his profile. Yet the role that really secured Walbrook’s film career and fashioned his star persona for at least the next decade was that of Albert, the Prince Consort, to British star Anna Neagle’s Victoria in Wilcox’s historical biopic Victoria the Great and its Technicolor sequel, Sixty Glorious Years (1938). This chapter explores the ways in which Walbrook’s émigré biography resonated with the contemporary issues of national identity, nostalgia and landscape that can be seen to inform Walbrook's pivotal roles of 1936-40.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9781845455323 (hardback)
1845455320 (hardback)
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Keywords: film studies, refugee & migration studies, 20th-century history
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Film Studies
ePrint ID: 143293
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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 09:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:19

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