The Star System

Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

Paul McDonald

Wallflower Press

The Star System

Pub Date: June 2001

ISBN: 9781903364024

144 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $20.00£16.99

Pub Date: June 2001

ISBN: 9780231503242

144 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $19.99£16.99

The Star System

Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

Paul McDonald

Wallflower Press

Looks at the development and changing organization of the star system in the American film industry. Tracing the popularity of star performers from the early "cinema of attractions" to the Internet universe, Paul McDonald explores the ways in which Hollywood has made and sold its stars. Through focusing on particular historical periods, case studies of Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith illustrate the key conditions influencing the star system in silent cinema, the studio era and the New Hollywood.
List of Illustrations
List of Tables and Charts
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Looking at Stars
1. Stardom as a System
2. Making the System
3. Controlling the System
4. Rethinking the System
Conclusion: Stars and Hollywood History
Filmography
Bibliography
Index of Names

About the Author

Paul McDonald is senior lecturer in film and television studies at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK. His additional chapter in Richard Dyer's classic text Stars was published in 1998.