Theatres on film

How the cinema imagines the stage

By Russell Jackson

Theatres on film


  • Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8879-7
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: December 2012
  • BIC Category: Television, Radio, Films, cinema, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Film, TV & radio


Theatres on film is an innovative contribution to the study of both theatre and film history, with its detailed discussion of popular and influential films that have taken the theatre as their subject, informed by a strong sense of the cultural and historical background.

This book focuses on the significance and effect of theatrical subject matter in key films in several genres, and range from Busby Berkeley to Ingmar Bergman, and from the haunted backstage world of The Phantom of the Opera to the sinister glamour of The Red Shoes and the theatrical politics of Mephisto and The Lives of Others.

Theatres on film will appeal to film- and theatregoers, as well as to readers with an academic or professional interest in its subject.


Russell Jackson is Allardyce Nicoll Professor of Drama in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham


Introduction: the lure of the theatre
1. The backstage movie and the patterns of theatre life
2. Biopics, classic and revisionist
3. All about the actress
4. The uncanny theatre
5. Theatricality and politics
6. Three auteurs and the theatre

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