The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

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Looks at the development and changing organization of the star system in the American film industry. Tracing the popularity of star performers from the early "cinema of attractions" to the Internet universe, Paul McDonald explores the ways in which Hollywood has made and sold its stars. Through focusing on particular historical periods, case studies of Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith illustrate the key conditions influencing the star system in silent cinema, the...

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Overview

Looks at the development and changing organization of the star system in the American film industry. Tracing the popularity of star performers from the early "cinema of attractions" to the Internet universe, Paul McDonald explores the ways in which Hollywood has made and sold its stars. Through focusing on particular historical periods, case studies of Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith illustrate the key conditions influencing the star system in silent cinema, the studio era and the New Hollywood.

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Editorial Reviews

Roberta Pearson
A very good introduction to the topic filling an existing gap in the needs of teachers and students of the subject.
Jane Gaines
There is no book out there that does as much to update Richard Dyer&#39s classic account.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903364024
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2001
  • Series: Short Cuts Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul McDonald is senior lecturer in film and television studies at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK. His additional chapter in Richard Dyer's classic text Stars was published in 1998.

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsList of Tables and ChartsAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Looking at Stars1. Stardom as a System2. Making the System3. Controlling the System4. Rethinking the SystemConclusion: Stars and Hollywood HistoryFilmographyBibliographyIndex of Names

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2002

    Excellent Choice for Beginners and Non-Specialists

    An absorbing introduction to the subject, this book covers all the main aspects of the star system in (essentially American) motion pictures. It has a great bibliography to supplement the in-text summaries of the findings/viewpoints of the major authors who have written seriously (as opposed to hagiographically) about movie stars. The approach is critical and historical, and the result is quite thought-provoking as well as informative. I dare say the book will be of interest to specialists, but I would recommend it most highly to people beginning film studies or approaching film studies from some other field (for example, labor history).

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