The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

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by Paul McDonald
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1903364027

ISBN-13: 9781903364024

Pub. Date: 06/06/2001

Publisher: Wallflower Press

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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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

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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The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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).