The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

by Paul McDonald
     
 

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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

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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 studio era and the New Hollywood.

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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's classic account.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903364024
Publisher:
Wallflower Press
Publication date:
06/06/2001
Series:
Short Cuts Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Roberta Pearson

A very good introduction to the topic filling an existing gap in the needs of teachers and students of the subject.

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