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Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame

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WITH 8 PAGES OF BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

How—and why—do we obsess over movie stars? How does fame both reflect and mask the person behind it? How have the image of stardom and our stars’ images altered over a century of cultural and technological change? Do we create celebrities, or do they create us?

 

Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, answers these questions in this lively and fascinating anecdotal history of stardom, with all its blessings and curses for star and stargazer alike. From Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin to Archie Leach (a.k.a. Cary Grant) and Marion Morrison (a.k.a. John Wayne), Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, and such no-cal stars of today as the Kardashians and the new online celebrity (i.e., you and me), Burr takes us on an insightful and entertaining journey through the modern fame game at its flashiest, most indulgent, occasionally most tragic, and ultimately, its most revealing.

About the Author

TY BURR is the film critic for The Boston Globe. For more than a decade he wrote about movies for Entertainment Weekly, and he has also served in the film acquisitions department of HBO. He estimates that after thirty years of serious movie-watching, he has seen on the order of 10,680 films. On a good day, he remembers 7,000 of them.

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ISBN:
9780307377661
Author:
Burr, Ty
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PAGES BandW PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.6 x 1.4 in 1.75 lb

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