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Overview

John Wayne was the most popular and the most durable star in film history. He was also a national legend, a folk hero, and a powerful symbol of the American Dream. Levy evaluates Wayne's film oeuvre by comparing him with other major stars of his generation and demonstrates that of all American actors, he came closest to the notion of 'actor-as-auteur.'

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Editorial Reviews

Movie Collector's World
...a must for all John Wayne fans, for students of the motion picture industry and for those who wish to absorb one person's climb from the prop department in a movie company all the way to the very top of the acting profession.
Film Review Annual
...much of interest...
Contemporary Sociology
...a very useful collection for scholars interested in the intersection of culture, politics, and gender roles.
Choice
Levy's insights are supported by a careful viewing of the films in question and by a thorough, well-documented reading of the relevant reviews, interviews, and other secondary literature. Recommended for libraries collecting in film studies.
The Big Trail
A finely crafted synthesis of all the best critical literature on Wayne...Many provocative insights...
CHOICE
Levy's insights are supported by a careful viewing of the films in question and by a thorough, well-documented reading of the relevant reviews, interviews, and other secondary literature. Recommended for libraries collecting in film studies.
Movie Collector's World
...a must for all John Wayne fans, for students of the motion picture industry and for those who wish to absorb one person's climb from the prop department in a movie company all the way to the very top of the acting profession..
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810835313
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 399
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Emanuel Levy (Ph.D., Columbia) is a tenured professor of film and sociology at Arizona State University West. Previously, he has taught film at Columbia, Wellesley College, and the New School for Social Research. Dr. Levy is the author of six film books, the latest of which id the definitive biography of the legendary Hollywood director, George Cukor, Master of Elegance (William Morrow). His new book, Cinema of Outsiders: The New American Independent Film Wave, the first chronicle of the American Independent Cinema, will be published by NYU press in 1999. Dr. Levy is a film critic for Variety and is the president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
l The Career of a Superstar 1
2 The War Hero 23
3 The Western Hero 48
4 Wayne and the Western Movie 74
5 The Creation of a Powerful Screen Image 100
6 Wayne's Sex Image: A Tough Gentleman 131
7 The Actor 162
8 The Actor and His Colleagues 188
9 The Movie Star 215
10 The Mass Media Star 238
11 An American Lifestyle 257
12 The Political Figure 277
13 The Propagandist 305
Notes 338
Bibliography 361
Index 369
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