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Picture Personalities: The Emergence of the Star System in America (Paperback)
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Picture Personalities: The Emergence of the Star System in America (Paperback)

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Paperback 184 Pages / Published: 31/08/2001
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Moving pictures existed for over a decade before anything resembling a star system appeared. Then, within the space of a very few years, American cinema went from being completely devoid of stars to being completely dependent on them. "Picture Personalities" is an invaluable account of this crucial development in cinema and modern culture. Conventional wisdom attributes the rise of the star system to the charisma of individual performers or to the public's desire to idolize an appealing star. In "Picture Personalities", Richard deCordova argues that the fledgling movie industry and the press conspired to develop the star system, along with a system of discourse to support it. How actors became stars and how they began to assume public identities distinct from their fictional roles was closely tied to the journalistic discourse of the period, produced by the trade press, newspapers, general periodicals, fan magazines, publicity stills, posters, and other material. DeCordova shows how the studios worked to fabricate moral images of the stars' marriages and personal lives and how a series of star scandals in the 1920s challenged those images and brought about changes in the conventions of representing stars. A new foreword by Corey K. Creekmur enhances this first paperback edition.

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252070167
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm

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