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Stardust Monuments: The Saving and Selling of Hollywood

byAlison Trope

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Stardust Monuments spotlights the enduring efforts to memorialize and canonize the history and meaning of Hollywood and American film culture. In this engaging analysis, Alison Trope explores the tensions between art and commerce as they intersect in a range of nonprofit and for-profit institutions and products.

An insightful tour of Hollywood’s past, present, and future, Stardust Monuments examines the establishment of film libraries and museums beginning in the mid 1930s, the many failed attempts to open a Hollywood museum ranging from the 1960s to today, and the more successful recent corporate efforts to use Hollywood’s past in theme restaurants and parks, classic movie channels, and DVD boxed sets.

This fascinating narrative details the ongoing struggle to champion and codify Hollywood’s legacy, a struggle engaged in by Hollywood stars and corporate executives, as well as memorabilia collectors and users of IMDb.
ALISON TROPE is clinical associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.
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Title:Stardust Monuments: The Saving and Selling of HollywoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6.03 × 0.76 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Dartmouth College PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction – Spotlight Hollywood: The Power of Place
Essential Hollywood: Curating Motion Picture History in the Museum
The Great Whatzit? Self-Service Meets Public Service in the Hollywood Museum
Out of Bounds: Remapping Hollywood as Themed Experience
Hollywood in a Box: Channeling Hollywood through Home Entertainment
Handheld Hollywood
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Stardust Monuments spotlights the enduring efforts to memorialize and canonize the history and meaning of Hollywood and American film culture. In this engaging analysis, Alison Trope explores the tensions between art and commerce as they intersect in a range of nonprofit and for-profit institutions and products. An insightful tour of Hollywood’s past, present, and future, Stardust Monuments examines the establishment of film libraries and museums beginning in the mid 1930s, the many failed attempts to open a Hollywood museum ranging from the 1960s to today, and the more successful recent corporate efforts to use Hollywood’s past in theme restaurants and parks, classic movie channels, and DVD boxed sets. This fascinating narrative details the ongoing struggle to champion and codify Hollywood’s legacy, a struggle engaged in by Hollywood stars and corporate executives, as well as memorabilia collectors and users of IMDb.“Eloquently written and rich in rigorous research, Stardust Monuments impels us to wonder not just where Hollywood is, but, strikingly, what it is—it’s not only a geographical locale but a mythology, a state of mind, that finds its life extended in complex (and sometimes curious) venues and sites from museums to themed restaurants to specialty stores to cable channels to new realms of electronic virtuality. A far-reaching investigation.” - Dana Polan, Cinema Studies, New York University