SYMPOSIUM Looking at L’Herbier: French Modernism Between the Wars

2013 | Marcel L’Herbier: Fabricating Dreams

Friday 17 May, 14:00-18:00

Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, LVMH Lecture Theatre

Marcel L’Herbier was a film-maker whose work traversed an array of creative fields including art, design, architecture, interiors and music. To reflect this, the symposium brings together experts in those fields, inviting them to respond to the director’s work and to situate it in the wider context of inter-war Parisian modernism. Opening with a keynote lecture from Mireille Beaulieu, a film scholar and L’Herbier expert, the speakers will go on to re-evaluate the filmmaker’s work in relation to other art forms. The symposium will investigate L’Herbier’s contribution to modernist cultural production, spanning not only problems of aesthetics, design, architecture and the avant-garde but also the shifting gender formations of the 1920s and 30s against the backdrop of the worlds of style and fashion.

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Introduction from festival co-curator Caroline Evans (Professor of Fashion History and Theory, Central Saint Martins)


Keynote lecture by Mireille Beaulieu, Paris-based independent film curator and L’Herbier specialist.




Dr Tag Gronberg (Reader in History of Art and Design, Birkbeck, University of London) will give a talk entitled ‘Femininity, Modernity and Motion Pictures’ On art, design and images of women, focussing on issues raised by L’Herbier’s collaboration with the artists Robert and Sonia Delaunay.


Dr Joan Tumblety (Lecturer in French History, University of Southampton) on post-war ideals of masculinity in relation to Jaque Catelain, L’Herbier’s male lead.


Oriole Cullen (Senior Dress Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London) on Paul Poiret, Lucien Lelong, Louiseboulanger and other fashion designers who collaborated with L’Herbier.