Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s

Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s

by Patrice Petro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813547318

ISBN-13: 9780813547312

Pub. Date: 03/04/2010

Publisher: Rutgers University Press


With its sharp focus on stardom during the 1920s, Idols of Modernity reveals strong connections and dissonances in matters of storytelling and performance that can be traced both backward and forward, across Europe, Asia, and the United States, from the silent era into the emergence of sound.

Bringing together the best new work on cinema and

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With its sharp focus on stardom during the 1920s, Idols of Modernity reveals strong connections and dissonances in matters of storytelling and performance that can be traced both backward and forward, across Europe, Asia, and the United States, from the silent era into the emergence of sound.

Bringing together the best new work on cinema and stardom in the 1920s, this illustrated collection showcases the range of complex social, institutional, and aesthetic issues at work in American cinema of this time. Attentive to stardom as an ensemble of texts, contexts, and social phenomena stretching beyond the cinema, major scholars provide careful analysis of the careers of both well-known and now forgotten stars of the silent and early sound era—Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, the Talmadge sisters, Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, Greta Garbo, Anna May Wong, Emil Jannings, Al Jolson, Ernest Morrison, Noble Johnson, Evelyn Preer, Lincoln Perry, and Marie Dressler.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813547312
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/04/2010
Series:
Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Stardom in the 1920s Patrice Petro 1

1 Douglas Fairbanks: King of Hollywood Scott Curtis 21

2 Buster Keaton: Comic Invention and the Art of Moving Pictures Charles Wolfe 41

3 The Talmadge Sisters: A Forgotten Filmmaking Dynasty Lea Jacobs 65

4 Rudolph Valentino: Italian American Amy Lawrence 87

5 An Appetite for Living: Gloria Swanson, Colleen Moore, and Clara Bow Mary Desjardins 108

6 Greta Garbo: Fashioning a Star Image Lucy Fischer 137

7 Anna May Wong: Toward Janus-Faced, Border-Crossing, “Minor” Stardom Yiman Wang 159

8 Emil Jannings: Translating the Star Gerd Gemünden 182

9 Al Jolson: The Man Who Changed the Movies Forever Krin Gabbard 202

10 African American Stardom Inside and Outside of Hollywood: Ernest Morrison, Noble Johnson, Evelyn Preer, and Lincoln Perry Paula J. Massood 227

11 Marie Dressler: Thief of the Talkies Joanna E. Rapf 250

In the Wings Patrice Petro 270

Works Cited 285

Contributors 297

Index 301

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