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Larger than life : movie stars of the 1950s / edited by R. Barton Palmer

Contributor(s): Palmer, R. Barton, 1946- | Brown, William | Hirsch, Foster | Krutnik, Frank | Lawrence, Amy | McLean, Adrienne | Pomerance, Murray | Pugh, Tison | Sandler, Barry | Solomon, Matthew | White, Susan | Wojcik, Pamela Robertson.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Star decades: American culture/American cinema: Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (ix, 282 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780813549941 (electronic bk.); 0813549949 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 791.4302/80922 | B Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction / R. Barton Palmer -- Montgomery Clift : Hollywood pseudohomosexual / Tison Pugh, Barry Sandler -- Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck : organization men / R. Barton Palmer -- James Stewart and James Dean : the darkness within / Murray Pomerance -- James Mason : a star is born bigger than life / Amy Lawrence -- Reflexivity and metaperformance : Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Kim Novak / Matthew Solomon -- Audrey Hepburn : the film star as event / William A. Brown -- Doris Day and Rock Hudson : the girl next door and the brawny he-man / Foster Hirsch -- Marlon Brando : actor, star, liar / Susan White -- Jerry Lewis : from Hamlet to clown / Frank Krutnik -- Judy Holliday : the hungry star / Pamela Robertson Wojcik -- What a swell party this was : Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra / Adrienne L. McLean -- In the wings / R. Barton Palmer
Summary: The constellation of Hollywood stars burned brightly in the 1950s, even as the industry fell on hard economic times. Major artists of the 1940s continued to exert a magical appeal but the younger generation of moviegoers was soon enthralled by an emerging cast, led by James Dean and Marlon Brando. They, among others, ushered in a provocative acting style, "the Method," bringing hard-edged, realistic performances to the screen. Larger Than Life offers a comprehensive view of the star system in 1950s Hollywood and also in-depth discussions of the decade's major stars.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The constellation of Hollywood stars burned brightly in the 1950s, even as the industry fell on hard economic times. Major artists of the 1940s continued to exert a magical appeal but the younger generation of moviegoers was soon enthralled by an emerging cast, led by James Dean and Marlon Brando. They, among others, ushered in a provocative acting style, "the Method," bringing hard-edged, realistic performances to the screen. Larger Than Life offers a comprehensive view of the star system in 1950s Hollywood and also in-depth discussions of the decade's major stars.

Introduction / R. Barton Palmer -- Montgomery Clift : Hollywood pseudohomosexual / Tison Pugh, Barry Sandler -- Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck : organization men / R. Barton Palmer -- James Stewart and James Dean : the darkness within / Murray Pomerance -- James Mason : a star is born bigger than life / Amy Lawrence -- Reflexivity and metaperformance : Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Kim Novak / Matthew Solomon -- Audrey Hepburn : the film star as event / William A. Brown -- Doris Day and Rock Hudson : the girl next door and the brawny he-man / Foster Hirsch -- Marlon Brando : actor, star, liar / Susan White -- Jerry Lewis : from Hamlet to clown / Frank Krutnik -- Judy Holliday : the hungry star / Pamela Robertson Wojcik -- What a swell party this was : Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra / Adrienne L. McLean -- In the wings / R. Barton Palmer

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CHOICE Review

Released in the "Star Decades" series, which analyzes film celebrities in historical/cultural contexts, this volume magnifies a score of icons from the 1950s. The scholars Palmer (literature and film studies, Clemson Univ.) has gathered do a commendable job of connecting the idea of stardom to the percolating social tensions of the decade--Cold War politics, McCarthyism, racism, segregation. The actors highlighted appeared in films both fluffy and provocative, from escapist musicals to psychological melodramas. In a decade marked by the decline of the studios, the move to a package-unit system, and the advent of television, Hollywood stars, as mediated celebrities, remained objects of audience fascination and desire and ciphers for cultural meaning. Noteworthy contributions include Murray Pomerance's essay contrasting the fascinating forms of internal darkness within Jimmy Stewart and James Dean, and William Brown's delightful showcasing of the scintillating Audrey Hepburn (as star and as event), whose funny face reflects cinema itself. To see Bing Crosby, Judy Holliday, and even Jerry Lewis through the readings of articulate scholars will revive the memories of some and lead all readers to appreciate the decade's iconic film stars. This volume joins Idols of Modernity, ed. by Patrice Petro (CH, Sep'10, 48-0160), which looks at the 1920s. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. T. Lindvall Virginia Wesleyan College

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R. BARTON PALMER is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he also directs the film studies program. He is the author, editor, or general editor of numerous books on various literary and cinematic subjects, including Traditions in World Cinema (Rutgers University Press).

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