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The Resource Film stardom, myth and classicism : The rise of Hollywood's gods, Michael Williams, (electronic book ;)

Film stardom, myth and classicism : The rise of Hollywood's gods, Michael Williams, (electronic book ;)

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Film stardom, myth and classicism : The rise of Hollywood's gods
Title
Film stardom, myth and classicism
Title remainder
The rise of Hollywood's gods
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Michael Williams
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Since the golden era of silent movies, stars have been described as screen gods, goddesses and idols. This is the story of how Olympus moved to Hollywood to divinise stars as Apollos and Venuses for the modern age, and defined a model of stardom that is still with us today.
  • 'Williams' book is exemplary in its pursuit of illuminating parallels between the contemporary gods/goddesses and their classical antecedents. The particular period - post-WW1 - with its emphasis on heroes and broken men, on loss and celebration, on the marble memorialising of real-life heroes as compared with the potency of the star images caught in a complex mode of evanescence and permanence, is imbued with both poignancy for what is lost and the exhilaration of what the 'divinisation' (author's word) of the star phenomenon represents.' - Brian McFarlane, Monash University, Australia
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UK-WkNB
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1971-
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Williams, Michael
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion picture industry
  • Mythology, Greek
  • Mythology, Roman
  • United States
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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Since the golden era of silent movies stars have been described as screen gods, goddesses and idols. But why did Hollywood, that most modernity industry, first look back to antiquity as it built its stars? This book presents a unique insight into the origins of screen stardom in the 1910s and 20s to explore how the myth and iconography of ancient Greece and Rome was deployed to create modern Apollo and Venuses of the screen. Drawing from extensive research into studio production files, fan-magazines and the popular reception of stars in America and Britain, this study explores how the sculptural gods of the past enabled the flickering shadows on the screen to seem more present and alive. Classicism permitted films to encode different sexualities for their audience, and present stars who embodied traditions of the Grand Tour for a post-war context where the ruins of past civilisations had become strangely resonant. The book presents detailed discussion of leading players such as Ramon Novarro, Greta Garbo and Rudolph Valentino, and major films such as Ben-Hur and Flesh and the Devil to show how classicism enabled star discourse to transform actors into icons. This is the story of how Olympus moved to Hollywood to divinise stars as icons for a modern age and defined a model of stardom that is still with us today
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Film stardom, myth and classicism : The rise of Hollywood's gods, Michael Williams, (electronic book ;)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-242) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Olympus Moves to Hollywood PART I: CHARTING THE FIRMAMENT Shadows of Desire: War, Youth and the Classical Vernacular Swanson Venus and Apollo Arlen: Sculpting the Star Body PART II: FLIGHTS TO ANTIQUITY The Flight to Antiquity Ben-Hur (Fred Niblo, 1925) and the Idolisation of Ramon Novarro PART III: UNDYING PASTS 'The Undying Past': Flesh and the Devil (Clarence Brown, 1926). 'A Monument to Youth and Romance': The Death of Rudolph Valentino Conclusion: The End of the Golden Age? Bibliography Index
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9781137291493
Extent
x, 252 p.
Form of item
electronic
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Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230355446
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Type of computer file
PDF.
Label
Film stardom, myth and classicism : The rise of Hollywood's gods, Michael Williams, (electronic book ;)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-242) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Olympus Moves to Hollywood PART I: CHARTING THE FIRMAMENT Shadows of Desire: War, Youth and the Classical Vernacular Swanson Venus and Apollo Arlen: Sculpting the Star Body PART II: FLIGHTS TO ANTIQUITY The Flight to Antiquity Ben-Hur (Fred Niblo, 1925) and the Idolisation of Ramon Novarro PART III: UNDYING PASTS 'The Undying Past': Flesh and the Devil (Clarence Brown, 1926). 'A Monument to Youth and Romance': The Death of Rudolph Valentino Conclusion: The End of the Golden Age? Bibliography Index
Control code
9781137291493
Extent
x, 252 p.
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230355446
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Type of computer file
PDF.

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