The Star System
Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities
By (author) Paul McDonald
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Star System by Paul McDonald
Book DescriptionLooks 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 DetailsISBN: 9781903364024
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Wallflower Press
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Paul McDonald
Paul McDonald is senior lecturer in film and television studies at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK. His additional chapter in Richard Dyer's classic text "Stars" was published in 1998.
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