The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Watch out for The Shadows of Paris (1924)

Watch out for The Shadows of Paris (1924)

In the 1920s the underworld of Paris absorbed the attention of filmmakers, novelists, journalists and criminologists in Britain and the United States. The result was the increasing ubiquity of the criminal “Apache” and the “Apache Dance” — a striking physical encounter in which the boundaries between sex and violence were never clear. All of these ideas come together in this studio publicity still of Charles de Rochfort and Pola Negri in The Shadows of Paris (1924).

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2 comments on “Watch out for The Shadows of Paris (1924)

  1. Elizabeth Eva Leach
    September 20, 2013

    Explains a lot about why the NY Met commissioned _Il Tabarro_ (sex and violence on a Paris barge, with dancing) from Puccini in the late teens.

    • The Trickster Prince
      September 20, 2013

      Interesting: there are a *lot* of these films out there! My favourite is the Gracie Fields parody of the Apache Dance in Queen of Hearts.

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