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Movie Crazy : Stars, Fans, and the Cult of Celebrity - Samantha Barbas

Movie Crazy

Stars, Fans, and the Cult of Celebrity

Hardcover Published: 18th February 2002
ISBN: 9780312239626
Number Of Pages: 218

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Cecil B. DeMille, David Selznick, Louella Parsons, Joan Crawford--these legendary men and women built an empire called Hollywood. In "Movie Crazy," meet another group of powerful players who shaped the film industry--the fans. MGM, for example, struggled to find a screen name for an actress named Lucille LeSeur. A fan--one of thousands who responded to a contest sponsored by the studio--called her Joan Crawford. Using fan club journals, fan letters, and studio production records, Samantha Barbas reveals how the passion, enthusiasm, and sometimes possessive advocacy of fans transformed early cinema, the modern mass media, and American popular culture. Barbas sheds new light on the development of the cult of celebrity in America, and demonstrates that while fans were avid consumers of the film industry, they did not mindlessly accept the images presented to them by the studios. Fans reacted to movies and stars with excitement, anger, confusion, joy, or boredom. Far from a united force, fans were often complex, and never predictable.

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'A unique film history with astute commentary.' Library Journal

'With this book in hand, we can begin to understand what is popular in American popular art.' Lary May, author of The Big Tomorrow: Hollywood and the Politics of the American Way

'I loved this exploration of the synergism between fans, stars, studios, and the celebrity and consumer cultures in Hollywood's Golden Age. Movie Crazy is a revelation.' Diana McLellan, author of The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood

'Movie fans will appreciate the story of celebrities, fans, studios, stars and film producers...' - Deland (FL) Beacon

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
From Reel to Realp. 9
The Cult of Personalityp. 35
The Chance of a Lifetimep. 59
The Inside Scoopp. 85
The Movie Star Fan Clubp. 109
The View from Hollywoodp. 135
The Fandom Menacep. 159
Conclusionp. 185
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780312239626
ISBN-10: 0312239629
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 18th February 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 14.78  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1