Stars: New Edition

by Paul McDonald, Richard Dyer

British Film Institute | April 26, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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Cinema''s glamor has always been inseparable from star performances and star images. On its first publication in 1980, this book set new standards for critical and theoretical rigor in the field of star studies. Through the intensive examination of films, magazines, and advertising--as well as critical texts--Richard Dyer analyzes the historical, ideological, and aesthetic significance of stars, changing the way we understand screen icons. Paying particular attention to Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Jane Fonda, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, and John Wayne, Stars is an indispensable textbook.

This new edition features a supplementary chapter by Paul McDonald that traces developments in star studies since the first appearance of Richard Dyer''s classic study. 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.66 × 6.09 × 0.63 in

Published: April 26, 1998

Publisher: British Film Institute

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0851706436

ISBN - 13: 9780851706436

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Stars: New Edition

by Paul McDonald, Richard Dyer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.66 × 6.09 × 0.63 in

Published: April 26, 1998

Publisher: British Film Institute

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0851706436

ISBN - 13: 9780851706436

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Cinema''s glamor has always been inseparable from star performances and star images. On its first publication in 1980, this book set new standards for critical and theoretical rigor in the field of star studies. Through the intensive examination of films, magazines, and advertising--as well as critical texts--Richard Dyer analyzes the historical, ideological, and aesthetic significance of stars, changing the way we understand screen icons. Paying particular attention to Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Jane Fonda, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, and John Wayne, Stars is an indispensable textbook.

This new edition features a supplementary chapter by Paul McDonald that traces developments in star studies since the first appearance of Richard Dyer''s classic study. 

About the Author

Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. Paul McDonald is Senior Lecturer in Media at South Bank University.

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On publication in 1980, STARS was the first attempt to bring together various critical and theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of stardom. This revised edition features a new, supplementary chapter by Paul McDonald, which traces developments in the study of stardom since Dyer's text first appeared. 40 illustrations.
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