Jean-Louis Barrault

Jean-Louis Barrault (zhäN-lwē bärō´), 1910–94, French actor and director. A pupil of Charles Dullin, he joined the Comédie Française in 1940. After World War II he organized his own company at the Théâtre Marigny with his wife, actress Madeleine Renaud. Barrault's precise, imaginative physical style was influenced by his study of mime. He is best remembered for his Hamlet and as the mime in Marcel Carné's film Children of Paradise (1944).

See his autobiography Memories for Tomorrow (tr. 1974). His other writings include Reflections on the Theatre (tr. 1951) and The Theatre of Jean-Louis Barrault (tr. 1961).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Jean-Louis Barrault: Selected full-text books and articles

The Theatre of Jean-Louis Barrault By Jean-Louis Barrault; Joseph Chiari Hill and Wang, 1961
Reflections on the Theatre By Jean Louis Barrault Rockliff, 1951
The Mime By Jean Dorey; Etienne Decroux; Jean-Louis Barrault; Marcel Marceau; Robert Speller; Pierre De Fontnouvelle R. Speller, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Jean-Louis Barrault" begins on p. 52
Avant Garde Theatre, 1892-1992 By Christopher Innes Routledge, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Jean-Louis Barrault" begins on p. 95
Essays on Politics and Literature By Bernard Crick Edinburgh University Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Twenty "Barrault at the Barbican"
Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook By Vicki K. Janik; Emmanuel S. Nelson Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Jean-Louis Barrault" begins on p. 71
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