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Film Stardom and the Ancient Past


Film Stardom and the Ancient Past

Idols, Artefacts and Epics

von: Michael Williams

83,29 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 13.01.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9781137390028
Sprache: englisch

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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 influential and yet understudied phenomenon that predates Hollywood and continues into the digital age. Case studies include Greta Garbo and Mata Hari (1931); Buster Crabbe and the 1930s Olympian body; the marketing of Rita Hayworth as Venus in the 1940s; sculpture and star performance in Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004); landscape and sexuality in Troy (2004); digital afterimages of stars such as Marilyn Monroe; and the classical body in the contemporary ancient epic genre. The author’s richly layered ‘archaeological’ approach uses detailed textual analysis and archival research to survey the use of the myth and iconography of ancient Greece and Rome in some of stardom’s most popular and fascinating incarnations. This interdisciplinary study will be significant for anyone interested in star studies, film and cultural history, and classical reception.
1. Introduction: An Archaeology of Stardom.- 2. Section One: Oracles and Olympians - ‘Above Everything?’: Idols and Idolatry in Mata Hari (1931).- 3. ‘The American Adonis’: The Hollywood Olympian Body.- 4. Section Two: Down to Earth: Rebuilding the Hollywood Pantheon - ‘A Dream of a Theme’: Down to Earth (1947), Rita Hayworth and Marketing the Post-war Goddess.- 5. Idols, Fragments and Reconstructions.- 6. Section Three: Heroes Will Rise: Patinated Pasts and Digital Futures - Patinating the Past: Stars, Artefacts and Alexander (2004).- 7. ‘Remember Me’: Memory and Landscape in Troy (Wolfgang Petersen, 2004).- 8. Titans, Immortals and Broken Idols: Classicism in the Digital Age. 
Michael Williams is Associate Professor in Film at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of Film Stardom, Myth and Classicism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Ivor Novello (BFI, 2003), and co-editor of British Silent Cinema and the Great War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
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 influential and yet understudied phenomenon that predates Hollywood and continues into the digital age. Case studies include Greta Garbo and Mata Hari (1931); Buster Crabbe and the 1930s Olympian body; the marketing of Rita Hayworth as Venus in the 1940s; sculpture and star performance in Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004); landscape and sexuality in Troy (2004); digital afterimages of stars such as Marilyn Monroe; and the classical body in the contemporary ancient genre. The author’s richly layered ‘archaeological’ approach uses detailed textual analysis and archival research to survey the use of the myth and iconography of ancient Greece and Rome in some of stardom’s most popular and fascinating incarnations. This interdisciplinary study will be significant for anyone interested in star studies, film and cultural history, and classical reception.
The first major study of the use of the ancient past in the construction of Hollywood stardom after the silent eraOffers new perspectives on enduringly popular stars such as Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, alongside less well-known films and stars, such as Buster Crabbe and the pre-Code comedy, Search for Beauty (1934)Provides a historically rigorous and timely study on the contemporary ancient epic, including discussion of Alexander, Troy, Immortals, and Clash of the Titans, as well as analysis of ‘divinized stardom’ in the digital domain online and in social mediaPresents exhaustive archival research and uses a variety of materials -- ranging from film texts, theory, fine art, fan-magazines, to studio production files and promotional materialsBrings together a number of fields both within Film Studies (such as cinema history, star and performance studies, set design, memory studies, genre studies), and beyond, including Art History, Classical Reception and Gender and Queer Studies  
The first major study of the use of the ancient past in the construction of Hollywood stardom after the silent eraOffers new perspectives on enduringly popular stars such as Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, alongside less well-known films and stars, such as Buster Crabbe and the pre-Code comedy, Search for Beauty (1934)Provides a historically rigorous and timely study on the contemporary ancient epic, including discussion of Alexander, Troy, Immortals, and Clash of the Titans, as well as analysis of ‘divinized stardom’ in the digital domain online and in social mediaPresents exhaustive archival research and uses a variety of materials -- ranging from film texts, theory, fine art, fan-magazines, to studio production files and promotional materialsBrings together a number of fields both within Film Studies (such as cinema history, star and performance studies, set design, memory studies, genre studies), and beyond, including Art History, Classical Reception and Gender and Queer Studies  
“This beautifully written book develops ideas which Michael Williams’s previous work brought to the attention of scholars in relation to silent Hollywood cinema and classicism, and tackles the perpetuation and persistence of the relationship between film stardom and Olympic ideals. A pleasure to read, this scholarly and authoritative study considers both the flagrant marketing of stars in this context, and more subtle influences which persist in Hollywood to this day.” (Lucy Bolton, Queen Mary University of London)“Williams’ book seriously advances the scholarly study of cinematic stardom. In its emphasis on the connection with the ancient world, it is an original contribution to the exploration of one of film’s most important phenomena, and is hugely eclectic in the range of sources it draws on. I’m sure that the book will be much welcomed in the realms of film scholarship.” (Brian McFarlane, Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia) “Ambitious, groundbreaking, and meticulously researched Williams’ book excavates the classical roots of the ‘new’ gods and goddesses of Hollywood, from the introduction of sound in film to the digitally enhanced cinema of the twenty-first century. Together with his earlier investigation of the silent era (Palgrave: 2013), this volume belongs on the shelves of all those interested in first-class interdisciplinary research and in how the past continues to interact with and reshape both present and future.” (Anastasia Bakogianni, Lecturer in Classical Studies, Massey University, New Zealand)

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