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Author: Edgar Morin
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 1st University of Minnesota Press edView all editions and formats
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Worshipped as heroes, treated as gods, movie stars are more than objects of admiration. A star's influence touches on every aspect of ordinary life, dictating taste in fashion, lifestyle, and desire. Edgar Morin's remarkable investigation into the cultural and social significance of the star system traces its evolution from the earliest days of the cinema - when stars like Chaplin, Garbo, and Valentino lived at a  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edgar Morin
ISBN: 0816641226 9780816641222 0816641234 9780816641239
OCLC Number: 57749912
Language Note: Translated from French.
Description: x, 160 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Genesis and metamorphosis of the stars --
Gods and goddesses --
The stellar liturgy --
The Chaplin mystery --
The case of James Dean --
Star merchandise --
The star and the actor --
The star and us --
Morin's cinema landmarks.
Responsibility: Edgar Morin ; translated by Richard Howard ; foreword by Lorraine Mortimer.
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Worshipped as heroes, treated as gods, movie stars are more than objects of admiration. A star's influence touches on every aspect of ordinary life, dictating taste in fashion, lifestyle, and desire. Edgar Morin's remarkable investigation into the cultural and social significance of the star system traces its evolution from the earliest days of the cinema - when stars like Chaplin, Garbo, and Valentino lived at a distance from their fans, far beyond all mortals, to the postwar era in which stars like Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe became familiar and familial, less unapproachable but more moving, and concludes with an analysis of the furious religious adulation surrounding the life and death of James Dean. Ultimately, Morin finds, stars are more than just creations of the movie studios; they serve as intermediaries between the real and the imaginary. Today, with the cult of fame more pervasive and influential than ever, The Stars remains a vibrant, vital, and surprising work.

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