Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification

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The term "cult film star" has been employed, and used as a common-sense term, in publicity and popular journalistic writing for at least the last twenty-five years. However, what makes cult film stars or actors distinct or different from other film stars has rarely been addressed, with the cult star label often being attributed to particular stars or actors in an imprecise way. This edited collection provides a much-needed overview of the variety of processes through which film stars and actors become associated ...

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Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification

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Overview

The term "cult film star" has been employed, and used as a common-sense term, in publicity and popular journalistic writing for at least the last twenty-five years. However, what makes cult film stars or actors distinct or different from other film stars has rarely been addressed, with the cult star label often being attributed to particular stars or actors in an imprecise way. This edited collection provides a much-needed overview of the variety of processes through which film stars and actors become associated with the cult label. It brings together chapters from an international group of scholars which focus on a wide range of cult stars and actors, from Montgomery Clift and Bill Murray to Ruth Gordon and Ingrid Pitt. The collection makes important, previously under-explored, connections between two key disciplines within film and media studies: stardom/celebrity studies and cult film studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This book makes for a compelling read, offering a series of original insights alongside valuable synthesis of existing literature in the twin fields of stardom and cult cinema, also providing insightful analysis and textual readings of a wide range of films. It promises to make a significant contribution to various sub-disciplinary areas of film studies: most notably, stardom and cult cinema but also fandom and performance.' - Martin Shingler, University of Sunderland, UK

'The editors and contributors exhibit a strong understanding of cult cinema and star studies with engaging and accessible writing
throughout the anthology. This is an insightful and fascinating collection that opens new doors to exploring cult films and stardom.' - Julie Lobalzo Wright, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230293694
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Egan

KATE EGAN is a lecturer in film studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. She is the author of Trash or Treasure?: Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007) and The Evil Dead (2011).

SARAH THOMAS is a lecturer in Film Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. She is the author of Peter Lorre – Face Maker: Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe (2012).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Star-Making, Cult-Making and Forms of Authenticity; K.Egan & S.Thomas
PART I: CONNECTING 'CULT' AND 'STARDOM'
Cult Movies With and Without Cult Stars: Differentiating Discourses of Stardom; M.Hills
Marginal Moments of Spectacle: Character Actors, Cult Stardom and Hollywood Cinema; S.Thomas
PART II: CULT STARDOM AND THE MAINSTREAM: MANAGEMENT, MEDIATION AND NEGOTIATION
'You're Bill Groundhog-Day-Ghostbusting-Ass Murray': 'Mainstream' Success, Star Agency and Cult Reinvention; J.Whalley
Prisoner of Cool: Chloë Sevigny, Alternative Stardom and Image Management; J.Sexton
From Behind the Masks to Inside: Acting, Authenticity and the Star Wars Co-Stars; J.Scott
PART III: DIRECTORS, REPUTATIONS AND CULT ACTING
Vincent Price and Cult Performance: The Case of Witchfinder General; J.Smith
Hal Hartley's 'Look-out-Martin-Donovan's-in the-house!' shot: The Transformative Cult Indie star-director Relationship and Performance 'idiolect'; S.Rawle
Cronenberg Connected: Cameo Acting, Cult Stardom and Supertexts; E.Mathijs
Low-flying Stars: Cult Stardom in Mumblecore; J.Lyons
PART IV: CULT IDENTITIES: GENDER, BODIES AND OTHERNESS
Damaged Beauty: Montgomery Clift, Tragedy and the Redefinition of a Star Image; K.McNally
Forever Emmanuelle: Sylvia Kristel and Soft-core Cult Stardom; L.Wimmer
A Real Horror Star: Articulating the Extreme Authenticity of Ingrid Pitt; K.Egan
'You're really a Miniature Bond': Weng Weng and the Transnational Dimensions of Cult Film Stardom; I.R.Smith
PART V: CULT STARDOM IN CONTEXT: CONNOISSEURSHIP AND FILM CRITICISM
'The Screen's Number One and Number Two Bogeymen': The Critical Reception of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in the 1930s and 1940s; M.Jancovich & S.Brown

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