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Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification

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The term "cult film star" has been employed, and used as a common-sense term, in publicity and popular journalistic writing for at least the last twenty-five years. However, what makes cult film stars or actors distinct or different from other film stars has rarely been addressed, with the cult star label often being attributed to particular stars or actors in an imprecise way. This edited collection provides a much-needed overview of the variety of processes through which film stars and actors become associated with the cult label. It brings together chapters from an international group of scholars which focus on a wide range of cult stars and actors, from Montgomery Clift and Bill Murray to Ruth Gordon and Ingrid Pitt. The collection makes important, previously under-explored, connections between two key disciplines within film and media studies: stardom/celebrity studies and cult film studies.

About the Author

KATE EGAN is a lecturer in film studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. She is the author of Trash or Treasure?: Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007) and The Evil Dead (2011).

SARAH THOMAS is a lecturer in Film Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. She is the author of Peter Lorre - Face Maker: Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe (2012).

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Acknowledgements

Notes on contributors

Introduction: Star-Making, Cult-Making and Forms of Authenticity; K.Egan and S.Thomas

PART I: CONNECTING 'CULT' AND 'STARDOM'

Cult Movies With and Without Cult Stars: Differentiating Discourses of Stardom; M.Hills

Marginal Moments of Spectacle: Character Actors, Cult Stardom and Hollywood Cinema; S.Thomas

PART II: CULT STARDOM AND THE MAINSTREAM: MANAGEMENT, MEDIATION AND NEGOTIATION

'You're Bill Groundhog-Day-Ghostbusting-Ass Murray': 'Mainstream' Success, Star Agency and Cult Reinvention; J.Whalley

Prisoner of Cool: Chloë Sevigny, Alternative Stardom and Image Management; J.Sexton

From Behind the Masks to Inside: Acting, Authenticity and the Star Wars Co-Stars; J.Scott

PART III: DIRECTORS, REPUTATIONS AND CULT ACTING

Vincent Price and Cult Performance: The Case of Witchfinder General; J.Smith

Hal Hartley's 'Look-out-Martin-Donovan's-in the-house!' shot: The Transformative Cult Indie star-director Relationship and Performance 'idiolect'; S.Rawle

Cronenberg Connected: Cameo Acting, Cult Stardom and Supertexts; E.Mathijs

Low-flying Stars: Cult Stardom in Mumblecore; J.Lyons

PART IV: CULT IDENTITIES: GENDER, BODIES AND OTHERNESS

Damaged Beauty: Montgomery Clift, Tragedy and the Redefinition of a Star Image; K.McNally

Forever Emmanuelle: Sylvia Kristel and Soft-core Cult Stardom; L.Wimmer

A Real Horror Star: Articulating the Extreme Authenticity of Ingrid Pitt; K.Egan

'You're really a Miniature Bond': Weng Weng and the Transnational Dimensions of Cult Film Stardom; I.R.Smith

PART V: CULT STARDOM IN CONTEXT: CONNOISSEURSHIP AND FILM CRITICISM

'The Screen's Number One and Number Two Bogeymen': The Critical Reception of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in the 1930s and 1940s; M.Jancovich and S.Brown

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230293694
Author:
Egan, Kate
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Egan, Kate
Author:
Thomas, Sarah
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 b/w photos
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in

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