Larger Than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s - Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema (Paperback)R. Barton Palmer (author of contributions,editor), William Brown (author of contributions), Foster Hirsch (author of contributions), Frank Krutnik (author of contributions), Amy Lawrence (author of contributions), Adrienne L. McLean (author of contributions), Murray Pomerance (author of contributions), Tison Pugh (author of contributions), Barry Sandler (author of contributions)
Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 30/07/2010
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The constellation of Hollywood stars burned brightly in the 1950s, even as the industry fell on hard economic times. Major artists of the 1940s-James Stewart, Jerry Lewis, and Gregory Peck- continued to exert a magical appeal but the younger generation of moviegoers was soon enthralled by an emerging cast, led by James Dean and Marlon Brando. They, among others, ushered in a provocative acting style, "the Method," bringing hard-edged, realistic performances to the screen. Adult-oriented small-budget dramas were ideal showcases for Method actors, startlingly realised when Brando seized the screen in On the Waterfront. But, with competition from television looming, Hollywood also featured film-making of epic proportion-Ben-Hur and other cinema wonders rode onto the screen with amazing spectacle, making stars of physically impressive performers such as Charlton Heston.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
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