The Colour of Paris; Historic, Personal & Local

The Colour of Paris; Historic, Personal & Local

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Odeon), in the hall of the Menus-Plaisirs. This theatre led the vanguard in the matter of scenic realism; it is EAST SIDE OF THE OPERA also the cheapest theatre in Paris. The rapid prosperity which it owed to Antoine has continued, and even increased, under the management of the actor Gemier. "Antoine won his spurs in this theatre," said Gemier; "I wish to win mine; remembering the while that an art-theatre, according to Zola's vigorous expression, must thrive upon the literary passions. I herewith warn mercenary authors, and actors devoid of faith and courage, that the doors of the Theatre Antoine will be inexorably closed against them. It is they who have brought about what is known as the theatrical crisis. Such authors begin by drawing up a treaty, by which they secure for the play which they intend to write a date of performance picked out at the most favourable moment of the theatrical season, a minimum of representations, and a cast including several famous actors. When this treaty has been signed and sealed, the dramatic author will consent to write his play and deliver it at a fixed date." Gemier thus laid bare one of the crying evils of the "abominable" stage, as Henri Becque has called it. Gemier also protested against the superficial tendencies of the modern theatre, the poor companies, the abuse of stars, the vanity and exactions of actors. He recalled the mot of the actor Taillade: "On my honour, they no longer know how to starve to death!" Gemier therefore set to work. He addressed himself to artists and poets, and he will be able to fulfil his promises, because he has made a pecuniary success, thanks to some taking plays, such as Sherlock Holmes, which draw to the Antoine even the big audiences of the Ambigu. Art-triumphs...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662768
  • 9781236662767