Picture Personalities: The Emergence of the Star System in America
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
actor's identity actors actress announced apparatus appeared in films Arbuckle Arbuckle's argued became began Biograph camera Carl Laemmle character cinema claim D. W. Griffith discourse on acting divorce early Edison emerged enunciation exhibitors existence fact famous fan magazines fictional film film actors Film DArt film history Film Stills Archive film's Florence LaBadie Florence Lawrence Florence Turner focused Girl Hollywood Ibid individual industry instance intertextual involved July King Baggot Lawrence's Lubin manufacturers Marion Leonard Mary Pickford Miss moral Motion Picture Story movie star Moving Picture World names narrative nickelodeon noted Owen Moore photograph Photoplay photoplayers picture personality Pilar-Morin play player's identity players popular presented private lives promotion released role screen secret Sept sexual specific spectator spectator's stage star discourse star scandals star system star's identity stock companies studio teens theater tion truth vaudeville Vitagraph Warren Kerrigan
All Book Search results »
Animating Culture: Hollywood Cartoons from the Sound Era
Eric Loren Smoodin
Limited preview - 1993