Peter Lorre described himself as merely a OCyface makerOCO. His
own negative attitude also characterizes traditional perspectives
which position Lorre as a tragic figure within film history: the
promising European artist reduced to a Hollywood gimmick, unable to
escape the murderous image of his role in Fritz LangOCOs M. This
book shows that the life of Peter Lorre cannot be reduced to a
series of simplistic oppositions. It reveals that, despite the
limitations of his macabre star image, LorreOCOs screen
performances were highly ambitious, and the terms of his employment
were rarely restrictive. LorreOCOs career was a complex negotiation
between transnational identity, Hollywood filmmaking practices, the
ownership of star images and the mechanics of screen
• Sarah Thomas Is
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