Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur
Sylvester Stallone has been a defining part of American film for nearly four decades. He has made an impact on world entertainment in a surprisingly diverse range of capacities - as actor, writer, producer, and director - all while maintaining a monolithic presence. With The Ultimate Stallone Reader, this icon finally receives concerted academic attention. Eleven original essays by internationally-known scholars examine Stallone's contributions to mainstream cinema, independent film, and television. This volume also offers innovative approaches to star, gender, and celebrity studies, performance analysis, genre criticism, industry and reception inquiry, and the question of what it means to be an auteur. Ultimately, The Ultimate Stallone Reader investigates the place that Sylvester Stallone occupies within an industry and a culture that have both undergone much evolution, and how his work has reflected and even driven these changes.
This wide-ranging collection of perceptive and provocative essays turns the iconic figure and films of Sylvester Stallone into a dynamic conversation not only about Stallone himself but also about key issues and debates in cinema culture today.
Timothy Corrigan, University of Pennsylvania
Acknowledgements Notes on ContributorsIntroduction: Presenting Stallone/Stallone Presents, by Chris HolmlundStaying Alive: Stallone, Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood Aesthetics, by Paul RamaekerLogic is the Cure, Meet the Disease: The Melos of Cobra, by Scott HigginsI, of the Tiger: Self and Self-Obsession in the Rocky Series, by Eric LichtenfeldStallone and Hollywood in Transition, by Mark GallagherAdventures in Acting: Stallone the Performer, by Chris HolmlundStallone's Stomach: Cop Land and the Weight of Actorly Legitimisation, by Paul McDonaldThe Rocky Effect: Sylvester Stallone as Sport Hero, by Alexandra Keller & Frazer Ward'Who wouldn't want a body like that?': Masculinity, Muscularity and Male Audiences for the Films of Sylvester Stallone, by Ian HufferSylvester Stallone and John Rambo's Trek across Asia: Politics, Performance and American Empire, by Gina MarchettiStallone, Ageing and Action Authenticity, by Yvonne TaskerFilmographyIndex