Introduction: Alain Delon, Then and Now Nick Rees-Roberts, University of Bristol, UK, and Darren Waldron, University of Manchester, UK On the Limits of Narcissism: Alain Delon, Masculinity and the Delusion of Agency Darren Waldron, University of Manchester, UK Delon and Performance: Emploi and the Interaction between Individual, Role and Character Laurent Jullier, Universite Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, France, and Jean-Marc Leveratto, Universite de Lorraine, France France's 'New Don Juan': The Representation of Delon's Youth Gwenaelle Le Gras, Universite Bordeaux Montaigne, France Dubbing Delon: Voice, Body and National Stardom in Rocco and his Brothers Catherine O'Rawe, University of Bristol, UK Delon/Gabin/Verneuil: Modernity within Tradition Leila Wimmer, London Metropolitan University, UK Alain Delon, International Man of Mystery Mark Gallagher, University of Nottingham, UK The Star's Script: Delon as Director, Producer and Screenwriter Isabelle Vanderschelden, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK The Singing Actor: Delon on Record Barbara Lebrun, University of Manchester, UK Dressed to Kill: Delon as Style Icon Nick Rees-Roberts, University of Bristol, UK Toujours Delon: The Script of Ageing Sue Harris, Queen Mary University of London, UK
The first book-length English-language academic study of iconic French actor Alain Delon, whose mass appeal, impact and stardom reached across cultures and continents.
Nick Rees-Roberts is Senior Lecturer in Film, Department of French, University of Bristol, UK. Darren Waldron is Senior Lecturer in French Screen Studies, University of Manchester, UK.
In ten essays from a respected pool of academic writers, [this]
book teases out what made Delon such a success ... [A]n interesting
read. * Media Education Journal *
The book increases significantly the available scholarship on Delon ... and offer[s] unusual and stimulating premises ... which in the long run will prove to be useful take-off points for scholars wishing to further engage with the figure of Delon. * Celebrity Studies *
Highly engrossing ... The use of a wide range of cultural, geographical, and theoretical lenses is not only revolutionary for Delon scholarship, but also has broader implications for star studies and English-language publications on non-Anglo-American stars, further underscoring the importance of this collection's fascinating exploration of Delon's style, stardom, and masculinity. * Studies in European Cinema *
[This collection] manages to cover the broad range of Delon's career and persona in ways that are profoundly illuminating. There are excellent studies of his narcissism, his international profile and its relationship to French culture, his impact on fashion culture, his move into production and directing ... and two fascinating chapters on Delon dubbed in his Italian films, and Delon as singer. * French Studies *
A bracing and wide-ranging set of essays on a vital French and international star celebrity. As these expert respondents consider Delon's career -- embodying culture, commerce and history -- they offer a richer understanding not only of this particular icon, but also the possibilities for star studies in general. * Tim Palmer, Professor of Film Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, and author of Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema (2011) and Irreversible (2015) *
At last, the best-looking, most charismatic French actor of the post-war period gets the sustained attention he deserves. In Alain Delon, Style, Stardom and Masculinity, Nick Rees-Roberts and Darren Waldron have gathered a splendid collection of texts that illuminate the star in his multifarious dimensions: his roles and career choices, performance, looks, voice, fashion sense and sexual attractiveness. Drawing on insights from a range of international scholars, the book also importantly examines and celebrates his presence not just in famous classics such as Rocco and his Brothers, The Leopard and Mr Klein, but also in popular French cinema, especially the thrillers of Henri Verneuil, Jacques Deray and Jean-Pierre Melville, of which he was a pillar for decades. Fans and students alike will relish a book that explains and documents the enduring appeal of one of the great stars of French and world cinema. * Ginette Vincendeau, Professor of Film Studies, King's College London, UK *