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The star system : Hollywood's production of popular identities

Author: Paul McDonald
Publisher: London : Wallflower, 2000.
Series: Short cuts (London, England), 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities examines the development and changing organisation 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 the American film industry has made and sold its stars. Through focusing on particular historical periods,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
McDonald, Paul.
Star system.
London : Wallflower, 2000
(OCoLC)604842195
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul McDonald
ISBN: 1903364027 9781903364024
OCLC Number: 48157416
Description: 134 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction: looking at stars --
1. Stardom as a system --
2. Making the system --
3. Controlling the system --
4. Rethinking the system --
Conclusion: stars and hollywood history.
Series Title: Short cuts (London, England), 2.
Responsibility: Paul McDonald.

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"The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities examines the development and changing organisation 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 the American film industry has made and sold its stars. Through focusing on particular historical periods, the key conditions influencing the star system in silent cinema, the studio era and the New Hollywood are discussed and illustrated by case studies of Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and Will Smith."--Jacket.

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