Famous Faces Yet Not Themselves: The Misfits and Icons of Postwar America by George KouvarosFamous Faces Yet Not Themselves: The Misfits and Icons of Postwar America by George Kouvaros

Famous Faces Yet Not Themselves: The Misfits and Icons of Postwar America

byGeorge Kouvaros

Paperback | March 18, 2010

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The 1961 film The Misfits saw the collaboration of director John Huston with playwright Arthur Miller and brought together on screen Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in what would be their final roles. Adding to the production’s luster, the elite photo agency Magnum was hired to do the on-set photography. The photographs of this landmark film represent the end of an era of Hollywood stardom and the emergence of a new vision of the actor’s craft.
 
In Famous Faces Yet Not Themselves, George Kouvaros offers a multilayered study of the Magnum photographs that illuminates larger changes in Hollywood acting during the postwar period. Just as the industrial context of film production evolved dramatically in the decades after the war, Kouvaros asserts, so too did the iconography associated with the figure of the actor. Photographs of Hollywood stars such as Monroe, Gable, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, and Humphrey Bogart form the basis of an evocative analysis of the way photography gave shape to fundamental shifts in the nature of screen acting, perceptions of celebrity, and the relationship between actor and audience.
 
By closely scrutinizing the images produced on the set of one of America’s most haunting and least understood films, Kouvaros presents a new recognition of the connection between the power of star culture, art photography, and the film industry during a time of rapid social transformation.
George Kouvaros is associate professor of film in the School of English, Media, and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales. He is author of Where Does It Happen? John Cassavetes and Cinema at the Breaking Point (Minnesota, 2004).
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Title:Famous Faces Yet Not Themselves: The Misfits and Icons of Postwar AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 18, 2010Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081664747X

ISBN - 13:9780816647477

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, Introduction: A Measure of Time, 1. Absorption and the Method: The Iconography of Method Acting, 2. The Star Brought Down to Earth: The Actor and Postwar Photography, 3. Being Private in Public: Marilyn Monroe’s Performance of Intimacy, 4. Acting as Labor: Picturing The Misfits, 5. “Those Who Wait”: The Misfits and Late Hollywood Style, 6. Playing with Time: The Magnum Photographs as Historical Record, Notes, Index