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Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s (Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema)

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In the 2000s, new technologies transformed the experiences of movie-going and movie-making, giving us the first generation of stars to be just as famous on the computer screen as on the silver screen.

Shining in Shadows examines a wide range of Hollywood icons from a turbulent decade for the film industry and for America itself. Perhaps reflecting our own cultural fragmentation and uncertainty, Hollywoodandrsquo;s star personas sent mixed messages about Americansandrsquo; identities and ideals. Disheveled men-children like Will Ferrell and Jack Black shared the multiplex with debonair old-Hollywood standbys like George Clooney and Morgan Freeman. Iconic roles for women ranged from Renee Zellwegerandrsquo;s dithering romantics to Tina Feyandrsquo;s neurotic professionals to Hilary Swankandrsquo;s vulnerable boyish characters. And in this age of reality TV and TMZ, stars like Jennifer Aniston and andldquo;Brangelinaandrdquo; became more famous for their real-life romantic dramasandmdash;at the same time that former tabloid fixtures like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. reinvented themselves as dependable leading men. With a multigenerational, international cast of stars, this collection presents a fascinating composite portrait of Hollywood stardom today.

Synopsis:

Glamour in a Golden Age, incorporating archival and popular material, including fan and mass market magazines, other promotional and publicity material, and films themselves, presents original essays from eminent film scholars that analyze movie stars of the 1930s. Against the background of contemporary American cultural history, stardom is approached as an effect of, and influence on, the particular historical and industrial contexts that enabled these actors and actresses to be discovered, featured in films, publicized, and become recognized and admired--sometimes even notorious--parts of the cultural landscape.

Synopsis:

Shining in Shadows examines a wide range of Hollywood icons from a turbulent decade for the film industry and for America itself. Perhaps reflecting our own cultural fragmentation and uncertainty, Hollywoodandrsquo;s star personas sent mixed messages about Americansandrsquo; identities and ideals. With a multigenerational, international cast of stars, this collection presents a fascinating composite portrait of Hollywood stardom today.

Synopsis:

Dogs have been part of motion pictures since the movies began. They have been featured onscreen in various capacities, from any number of andldquo;manandrsquo;s best friendsandrdquo; (Rin Tin Tin, Asta, Toto, Lassie, Benji, Uggie, and many, many more) to the psychotic Cujo. The contributors to Cinematic Canines take a close look at Hollywood films and beyond in order to show that the popularity of dogs on the screen cannot be separated from their increasing presence in our lives over the past century.

Synopsis:

The Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema series is now available as a ten-volume set: Movie Stars from the 1910s to the 2000s. Each volume presents original essays that analyze the movie star against the background of American cultural history. As icon, as mediated personality, and as object of audience fascination and desire, the Hollywood star remains the model for celebrity in modern culture, representing a combination of achievement, talent, ability, luck, authenticity, superficiality, and even ordinariness.

Synopsis:

Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, and Gary Cooper-Glamour in a Golden Age presents original essays from eminent film scholars that analyze movie stars of the 1930s against the background of contemporary American cultural history.

Stardom is approached as an effect of, and influence on, the particular historical and industrial contexts that enabled these actors and actresses to be discovered, featured in films, publicized, and to become recognized and admired-sometimes even notorious-parts of the cultural landscape. Using archival and popular material, including fan and mass market magazines, other promotional and publicity material, and of course films themselves, contributors also discuss other artists who were incredibly popular at the time, among them Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton, Nancy Carroll, Kay Francis, and Constance Bennett.

About the Author

ADRIENNE L. McLEAN is a professor of film studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema and Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom, and the coeditor of Headline Hollywood: A Century of Film Scandal (all Rutgers University Press).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Wonder Boys: Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, and Robert Downey Jr.

2. Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman: Million-Dollar Seniors

3. Jennifer Aniston and Tina Fey: Girls with Glasses

4. Puerile Pillars of the Frat Pack: Jack Black,Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller

5. Javier Bardem and Benicio Del Toro: Beyond Machismo

6. Philip Seymour Hoffman: Jesus of Uncool

7. A Postfeminist Primer: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Swank, and Renandeacute;e Zellweger

8. Heath Ledger: Iandrsquo;m Not There

9. Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn: Acting Authentic

10. Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett:The Performance Is the Star

11. Brangelina: Celebrity, Credibility, and the Composite andUuml;berstar

12. George Clooney: The Issues Guy

In the Wings

Works Cited

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813549057
Author:
Mclean, Adrienne L.
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Editor:
McLean, Adrienne L.
Author:
Lugo
Author:
Ohmer, Susan
Author:
Larson, Allen
Author:
Leane, Elizabeth
Author:
Lund, Giuliana
Author:
McLean, Adrienne
Author:
Hark, Ina
Author:
Skabelund, Aaron
Author:
Pomerance, Murray
Author:
Lugowski, David
Author:
Knee, Adam
Author:
Rapf, Joanna E.
Author:
Hark, Ina Rae
Author:
Fischer, Lucy
Author:
McLean, Adrienne L.
Author:
O'Sullivan, Jane
Author:
Horowitz, Alexandra
Author:
Doty, Alexander
Author:
Fuller-Seeley, Kathryn
Author:
Narraway, Guinevere
Author:
wski, David
Author:
Becker, Christine
Author:
Castonguay, James
Author:
Wolf, Kelly
Author:
Groskopf, Jeremy
Author:
Creekmur, Corey
Author:
Desjardins, Mary
Author:
Ross, Sara
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film; American Studies
Subject:
Film
Subject:
American studies
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
and#160;Dogs in the movies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
61
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
Movie Stars of the 1930s (Star Decades: American C

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Product details 264 pages Rutgers University Press - English 9780813549057 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Glamour in a Golden Age, incorporating archival and popular material, including fan and mass market magazines, other promotional and publicity material, and films themselves, presents original essays from eminent film scholars that analyze movie stars of the 1930s. Against the background of contemporary American cultural history, stardom is approached as an effect of, and influence on, the particular historical and industrial contexts that enabled these actors and actresses to be discovered, featured in films, publicized, and become recognized and admired--sometimes even notorious--parts of the cultural landscape.
"Synopsis" by ,

Shining in Shadows examines a wide range of Hollywood icons from a turbulent decade for the film industry and for America itself. Perhaps reflecting our own cultural fragmentation and uncertainty, Hollywoodandrsquo;s star personas sent mixed messages about Americansandrsquo; identities and ideals. With a multigenerational, international cast of stars, this collection presents a fascinating composite portrait of Hollywood stardom today.

"Synopsis" by ,
Dogs have been part of motion pictures since the movies began. They have been featured onscreen in various capacities, from any number of andldquo;manandrsquo;s best friendsandrdquo; (Rin Tin Tin, Asta, Toto, Lassie, Benji, Uggie, and many, many more) to the psychotic Cujo. The contributors to Cinematic Canines take a close look at Hollywood films and beyond in order to show that the popularity of dogs on the screen cannot be separated from their increasing presence in our lives over the past century.

"Synopsis" by ,

The Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema series is now available as a ten-volume set: Movie Stars from the 1910s to the 2000s. Each volume presents original essays that analyze the movie star against the background of American cultural history. As icon, as mediated personality, and as object of audience fascination and desire, the Hollywood star remains the model for celebrity in modern culture, representing a combination of achievement, talent, ability, luck, authenticity, superficiality, and even ordinariness.

"Synopsis" by ,
Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, William Powell and Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, and Gary Cooper-Glamour in a Golden Age presents original essays from eminent film scholars that analyze movie stars of the 1930s against the background of contemporary American cultural history.

Stardom is approached as an effect of, and influence on, the particular historical and industrial contexts that enabled these actors and actresses to be discovered, featured in films, publicized, and to become recognized and admired-sometimes even notorious-parts of the cultural landscape. Using archival and popular material, including fan and mass market magazines, other promotional and publicity material, and of course films themselves, contributors also discuss other artists who were incredibly popular at the time, among them Ann Harding, Ruth Chatterton, Nancy Carroll, Kay Francis, and Constance Bennett.

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