Stardust Monuments spotlights the enduring efforts to memorialize and canonize the history and meaning of Hollywood and American film culture. In this engaging analysis, Alison Trope explores the tensions between art and commerce as they intersect in a range of nonprofit and for-profit institutions and products. An insightful tour of Hollywood’s past, present, and future, Stardust Monuments examines the establishment of film libraries and museums beginning in the mid 1930s, the many failed attempts to open a Hollywood museum ranging from the 1960s to today, and the more successful recent corporate efforts to use Hollywood’s past in theme restaurants and parks, classic movie channels, and DVD boxed sets. This fascinating narrative details the ongoing struggle to champion and codify Hollywood’s legacy, a struggle engaged in by Hollywood stars and corporate executives, as well as memorabilia collectors and users of IMDb.
About the Author
ALISON TROPE is clinical associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Spotlight Hollywood: The Power of Place • Essential Hollywood: Curating Motion Picture History in the Museum • The Great Whatzit? Self-Service Meets Public Service in the Hollywood Museum • Out of Bounds: Remapping Hollywood as Themed Experience • Hollywood in a Box: Channeling Hollywood through Home Entertainment • Handheld Hollywood • Acknowledgments • Notes • Bibliography • Index
What People are Saying About This
“Eloquently written and rich in rigorous research, Stardust Monuments impels us to wonder not just where Hollywood is, but, strikingly, what it isit’s not only a geographical locale but a mythology, a state of mind, that finds its life extended in complex (and sometimes curious) venues and sites from museums to themed restaurants to specialty stores to cable channels to new realms of electronic virtuality. A far-reaching investigation.”
“Alison Trope’s new book, Stardust Monuments, is an extremely important contribution to Hollywood’s institutional history, because it focuses for the first time on the way the entertainment industry has portrayed its own history (or not) through various media, including museum exhibitions, film archives and theme parks.”