Star System Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

ISBN-10: 1903364027

ISBN-13: 9781903364024

Edition: 2000

Authors: 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 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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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publication date: 6/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

Paul McDonald is Professor in Film and Television Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is the author of Video and DVD Industries and The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities and co-editor for the International Screen Industries series from the British Film Institute.Janet Wasko is the Knight Chair in Communication Research at the University of Oregon. She is the author of How Hollywood Works, Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy, and Hollywood in the Information Age: Beyond the Silver Screen. She also edited A Companion to Television and Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audience Project.

list of illustrations
tables and charts
acknowledgements
introduction: looking at stars
stardom as a system
making the system
controlling the system
rethinking the system
conclusion: stars and hollywood history
filmography
bibliography
index of names
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