James Mason

James Mason

by Sarah Thomas

Paperback(1st ed. 2018)

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This engaging critical study moves beyond the image of the brooding, destructive man at odds with employers and his own star status to explore the complexity of Mason’s career with an analysis framed through three strands central to understanding stardom: the star persona, industry and power, and screen performance. Thomas balances traditional readings of Mason with an emphasis on his undervalued post-1962 career, off-screen celebrity status, non-film work, comic and vocal performances, and the star’s own self-commentary. In doing so, she offers a new perspective on Mason’s powerlessness, public image and national identity, contextualizing his career in wider histories of British, American and European transnational filmmaking.

An ideal resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of film and television studies, this fascinating guide will also appeal to film lovers and anyone interested in Mason’s unusual career.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844576357
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Film Stars Series
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 7.48(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susan Smith has been knitting and crocheting for as long as she can remember, and is extremely passionate about both crafts. She has taught students in crochet and knitting classes, and has completed City and Guilds qualifications in Machine Knitting, Hand Knitting, and Embroidery. Susan has had her own knitwear design company for over ten years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.- Introduction.- Persona.- Power.- Performance.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Filmography.-Index.

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