Grand-Guignol

The French Theatre of Horror

Richard J. Hand and Michael Wilson

Richard J. Hand and Michael Wilson

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

336 pages | 12 illustrations | 9-1/5 x 6-1/10 | © 2002
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780859896962 Published January 2002 For sale in North and South America only
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 horror.
 
Since the theatre closed its doors forty years ago, the genre has been overlooked by critics and theatre historians. This book reconsiders the importance and influence of the Grand-Guignol within its social, cultural and historical contexts, and is the first attempt at a major evaluation of the genre as performance. It gives full consideration to practical applications and to the challenges presented to the actor and director.
 
The book also includes oustanding new translations by the authors of ten Grand-Guignol plays, none of which have been previously available in English. The presentation of these plays in English for the first time is an implicit demand for a total reappraisal of the grand-guignol genre, not least for the unexpected inclusion of two very funny comedies.
Contents
JACK! (LUI!)
by Oscar Méténier

THE ULTIMATE TORTURE (LA DERNIÈRE TORTURE)
by André de Lorde and EugÈne Morel

THE LIGHTHOUSEKEEPERS (GARDIENS DE PHARE)
by Paul Autier and Paul Colquemin

CHOP-CHOP! (LA VEUVE)
by EugÈne Héros and Léon Abric

TICS! OR DOING THE DEED (APRÈS COUP OU TICS)
by René Berton

IN THE DARKROOM (SOUS LA LUMIÈRE ROUGE)
by Maurice Level and Etienne Rey

THE FINAL KISS (LE BAISER DANS LA NUIT)
by Maurice Level

THE TORTURE GARDEN (LE JARDIN DES SUPPLICES)
by Pierre Chaine and André de Lorde

EUTHANASIA (L’EUTHANASIE)
by René Berton

THE KISS OF BLOOD (LE BAISER DE SANG)
by Jean Aragny and Francis Nelson
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