The Star Machine
By (author) Jeanine Basinger
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Star Machine by Jeanine Basinger
Book DescriptionFrom one of our most distinguished film scholars, comes a rich, penetrating, amusing book about the golden age of movies and how the studios worked to manufacture stars. With revelatory insights and delightful asides, Jeanine Basinger shows us how the studio star machine worked when it worked, how it failed when it didn't, and how irrelevant it could sometimes be. She gives us case studies focusing on big stars groomed into the system: the awesomely beautiful (and disillusioned) Tyrone Power; the seductive, disobedient Lana Turner; and a dazzling cast of others. She anatomizes their careers, showing how their fame happened, and what happened to them as a result. Deeply engrossing, full of energy, wit, and wisdom, The Star Machine is destined to become an classic of the film canon."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780307388759
(235mm x 156mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeanine Basinger
Anthony Mann, Paperback (November 2007)
Classic study of a filmmaker's career, now including every Mann film. Back in print-new and expanded edition.
World War II Combat Film, Paperback (April 2003)
A reading of the World War II combat film. Discussing over 1000 movies, Jeanine Basinger covers the key examples of the genre and uses them to define the meaning of genre itself. This updated edition contains a new introduction, a new chapter on "Saving Private Ryan", and an updated filmography.
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Author Biography - Jeanine Basinger
Jeanine Basinger is the chair of film studies at Wesleyan University and the curator of the cinema archives there. She has written nine other books on film, including A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930 1960; Silent Stars, winner of the William K. Everson Award for Film History; The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre; and American Cinema: 100 Years of Filmmaking, the companion book for a ten-part PBS series. She lives with her husband in Middletown, Connecticut."
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