Film Stardom Myth and Classicism

This is the story of how Olympus moved to Hollywood to divinise stars as icons for a modern age and defined a model of stardom that is still with us today.

Film Stardom  Myth and Classicism

Since the golden era of silent movies stars have been described as screen gods, goddesses and idols. But why did Hollywood, that most modernity industry, first look back to antiquity as it built its stars? This book presents a unique insight into the origins of screen stardom in the 1910s and 20s to explore how the myth and iconography of ancient Greece and Rome was deployed to create modern Apollo and Venuses of the screen. Drawing from extensive research into studio production files, fan-magazines and the popular reception of stars in America and Britain, this study explores how the sculptural gods of the past enabled the flickering shadows on the screen to seem more present and alive. Classicism permitted films to encode different sexualities for their audience, and present stars who embodied traditions of the Grand Tour for a post-war context where the ruins of past civilisations had become strangely resonant. The book presents detailed discussion of leading players such as Ramon Novarro, Greta Garbo and Rudolph Valentino, and major films such as Ben-Hur and Flesh and the Devil to show how classicism enabled star discourse to transform actors into icons. This is the story of how Olympus moved to Hollywood to divinise stars as icons for a modern age and defined a model of stardom that is still with us today.

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Film Stardom, Myth and Classicism
Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: Michael Williams
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-11-16 - Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Since the golden era of silent movies stars have been described as screen gods, goddesses and idols. But why did Hollywood, that most modernity industry, first look back to antiquity as it built its stars? This book presents a unique insight into the origins of screen stardom in the 1910s
Film Stardom and the Ancient Past
Language: en
Pages: 311
Authors: Michael Williams
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-01-13 - Publisher: Springer

This book offers the first comprehensive exploration of how the ancient past has shaped screen stardom in Hollywood since the silent era. It engages with debates on historical reception, gender and sexuality, nostalgia, authenticity and the uses of the past. Michael Williams gives fresh insights into ‘divinized stardom’, a highly
The Ancient World in Silent Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 379
Authors: Pantelis Michelakis, Maria Wyke
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-08-15 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The first systematic attempt to focus on the instrumental role of silent cinema in early twentieth-century conceptualizations of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. It is located at the intersection of film studies, classics, Bible studies and cultural studies.
The Stardom Film
Language: en
Pages: 142
Authors: Karen McNally
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-12-08 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

Since the earliest days of the movie industry, Hollywood has mythologized itself through stories of stardom. A female protagonist escapes the confines of rural America in search of freedom in a western dream factory; an ambitious, conceited movie idol falls from grace and discovers what it means to embody true
Damsels and Divas
Language: en
Pages: 260
Authors: Agata Frymus
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-17 - Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Damsels and Divas investigates the meanings of Europeanness in Hollywood during the 1920s by charting professional trajectories of three movie stars: Pola Negri, Vilma Bánky and Jetta Goudal. It combines the investigation of American fan magazines with the analysis of studio documents, and the examination of the narratives of their