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Jean Gabin

The Actor Who Was France

When one thinks of the quintessential Frenchman, one likely pictures Jean Gabin (1904-1976). The son of music hall performers, the Paris-born actor grew up in the entertainment business. His onscreen debut in the 1930's marked the beginning of many memorable roles in films such as La Grande Illusion (1937) and Émile Zola's La Bête Humaine (1938). His performances would earn him international recognition and establish his reputation as one of the greatest stars of film noir.

Pausing his performances on screen, Gabin joined the Allied struggle of WWII. Serving under General Charles De Gaulle in the Free French Forces as a tank commander, Gabin was awarded several medals for his service. Upon his return to acting after the war, he became the embodiment of the uniquely French spirit—a persona that would define his future roles.

In Jean Gabin: The Actor Who Was France, Joseph Harriss tells the story of this French icon. This well-researched biography documents Gabin's life from his start as a reluctant singer and dancer in Parisian music halls to his rise to film superstardom. Harriss recounts the actor's multi-faceted persona, including his famously fiery temper, his tumultuous love affairs—including a six-year relationship with the German star Marlene Dietrich—and his military valor. With this enthralling work, film enthusiasts can gain an appreciation of France's quintessential movie star and his lasting impact on world cinema during its Golden Age.

About the Author

Joseph Harriss is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame who studied International Relations and French at the Sorbonne and the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Afterwards, Harriss joined the Paris bureau of Time magazine where he covered French political affairs. He has written many articles for a variety of publications such as The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, Smithsonian Magazine, and The American Spectator. Harriss lives in Paris.

Reviews

"A new book by Joseph Harriss on the life and times of Jean Gabin is the first biography in English of the iconic French film actor whose career and life mirrored both 20th century France and the early evolution of modern film. . . a penetrating, serious but not solemn portrait of a complex personality. . . a book to be savored not only by Gabin fans but also students of cinema history and lovers of France itself."—Paris Voice

"Beautiful. . . a thorough, well-researched biography of perhaps the most iconic of French actors. . . hard for cinephiles to resist."—Los Angeles Times

"This beautifully written, fast-moving book is immaculately researched. One of the best film bios I have ever read, it will be a useful work of scholarship for many years to come."—Charles Zigman, author of World's Coolest Movie Star

"As Joseph Harriss shows in his superb new biography, Gabin is 'the actor who was France.' Harriss' book is thorough, insightful, and beautifully written. Its insights extend beyond Gabin and his films to French life and society during much of the 20th century."—Power Line

"This is the first full-length account of Gabin's colorful life in English and is likely to be the book of choice for film scholars and Anglophone French cinema fans for some time to come. A Paris-based writer with strong reporting credentials and three previous books on France, Harriss brings narrative skill and sweeping historical context to the Gabin saga. . . He avoids the star-struck tone of so many such biographies and lets the story tell itself. And the story is riveting."—Facts & Arts

"At last an English-language biography of my favorite French actor, or as Joseph Harriss calls him: 'The John Garfield of French cinema.'"—Terrance Gelenter, The Paris Insider

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