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Author: Richard Dyer; Paul McDonald
Publisher: London : BFI Pub., 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New edView all editions and formats
Cinema's glamor has always been inseparable from star performances and star images. Through the intensive examination of films, magazines, and advertising, as well as critical texts, Richard Dyer analyzes the historical, ideological, and aesthetic significance of stars, changing the way we understand screen icons. He pays particular attention to Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Jane Fonda, Greta Garbo,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Dyer; Paul McDonald
ISBN: 0851706487 9780851706481 0851706436 9780851706436
OCLC Number: 39370252
Description: vi, 217 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part One: Stars as a Social Phenomenon --
Conditions for Stardom --
Production: Consumption --
Origins of stardom --
Stars as a phenomenon of production --
Stars as a phenomenon of consumption --
Ideology --
Star versus character --
Life-as-theatre --
A historical paradigm --
from gods to mortals --
Stars and the status quo --
Compensation --
Charisma --
Part Two: Stars as Images --
Stars as Stars --
Consumption --
Success --Ordinariness --
are stars 'different'? --
The dream soured --
Love --
Stars as Types --
The notion of social type --
Alternative or subversive type --
Stars as specific images --
A specific image: Jane Fonda --
Part Three: Stars as Signs --
Stars and 'Character' --
The notion of character --
The construction of character --
Stars as characters in films --
Stars and Performance --
Trends in the study of performance --
Performance signs --
A Note on Authorship --
Conclusion --
Bibliography --
Supplementary Chapter: Reconceptualising Stardom --
Supplemental bibliography.
Responsibility: Richard Dyer ; with a supplementary chapter and bibliography by Paul McDonald.
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