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Charles Boyer

The French Lover

For generations of film and theatre audiences, Charles Boyer was the archetypal Frenchman—cultured, courteous, seductive, yet never quite at home in a culture not his own. Even his murmuring baritone voice echoed that loss, giving him the very essence of romance. While one might have expected that the real-life Boyer was a playboy and serial seducer, in reality, he was intensely private, thoughtful, and fidelitous in love – and very professionally astute.

The Great Lover is the first biography of Boyer to exist in English in almost forty years. In an insightful analysis of Boyer's choice of roles during and after World War II, author John Baxter reveals how Boyer, realizing his accent would always mark him as an outsider, both embraced and subverted that identity. Baxter relates how Boyer established himself in the theatre and cinema of France, confidently transitioning from silent film to sound and making a name for himself as a romantic leading man in Hollywood through the early 1940s. During World War II, Boyer put his career on hold to become politically active on behalf of his occupied home country. Upon returning to acting, Baxter shows how Boyer adapted effortlessly to postwar character roles in both Europe and the United States. He entered television in the 1950s as producer and performer, and then remade himself as a comedy performer in the 1960s. A four-time Academy Award nominee, he was honored by the Academy only once for his activities on behalf of France during World War II. Far from clinging to the performances that made him famous, Boyer showed a readiness to break the mold. Yet above all, Baxter argues that Boyer's greatest achievement lies in being the embodiment of exiles everywhere.

About the Author

John Baxter is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and filmmaker. Since 2007 he has served as co-director of the annual Paris Writers Workshop. He is a prolific author as well as a biographer of film personalities, including Woody Allen, Robert DeNiro, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Josef von Sternberg. He lives in Paris, France.

Reviews

"Sophisticated and often witty, Charles Boyer: The French Lover is a clearly structured, chronological journey through Boyer's life. The author's writing style and his obvious extensive knowledge of the films of the period make it an easy read."—Ruth Barton, author of Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film and Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen

"A readable and valuable biography of a Golden Age film star who has received little attention even though he was a presence on movie screens worldwide for decades. The author's writing style is sharp and lively and the narrative of Boyer's life moves with energy."—Douglass K. Daniel, author of Anne Bancroft: A Life

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