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Film Stardom, Myth and Classicism: The Rise of Hollywood's Gods

byM. Williams

Hardcover | November 16, 2012

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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.
MICHAEL WILLIAMS is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Southampton, UK. He is author of Ivor Novello: Screen Idol, and is co-editor of British Silent Cinema and the Great War published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has also written on stardom; film and antiquity, British cinema; landscape, sexuality and the heritage film.
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Title:Film Stardom, Myth and Classicism: The Rise of Hollywood's GodsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.86 inPublished:November 16, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230355447

ISBN - 13:9780230355446

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Table of 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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'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 'The work of Williams brings a unique it must be recognised that the work of Williams brings a unique it must be recognised that the work of Williams brings a unique and thorough perspective to the phenomenon of the deification of the star, especially in Hollywood, and as such, it really is worth reading.' - Pierre Ve'ronneau, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television