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- DescriptionToday, we are so accustomed to consuming the amplified lives of film stars that the origins of the phemen may seem inevitable in retrospect. But the conjunction of the terms movie and star was inconceivable prior to the 1910s. Flickers of Desire explores the emergence of this mass cultural phemen, asking how and why a cinema that did t even run screen credits developed so quickly into a venue in which performers became the American film industry's most lucrative mode of product individuation. Contributors chart the rise of American cinema's first galaxy of stars through a variety of archival sources--newspaper columns, popular journals, fan magazines, cartoons, dolls, postcards, scrapbooks, personal letters, limericks, and dances. The iconic status of Charlie Chaplin's little tramp, Mary Pickford's golden curls, Pearl White's daring stunts, or Sessue Hayakawa's expressionless mask reflect the wild diversity of a public's desired ideals, while Theda Bara's seductive turn as the embodiment of feminine evil, George Beban's performance as a sympathetic Italian immigrant, or G. M. Anderson's creation of the heroic cowboy/outlaw character transformed the fantasies that shaped American filmmaking and its vital role in society.
- Author BiographyJennifer M. Bean is the director of the cinema studies program and an associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Washington. She is coeditor of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema and a recipient of the prestigious Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication15/08/2011
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleStar Decades: American Culture/American Cinema
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Weight789 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edited byJennifer M. Bean
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