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Searching for Stars : Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema - Geoffrey MacNab

Searching for Stars

Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema

Paperback Published: 30th January 2000
ISBN: 9780304333523
Number Of Pages: 232

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Explores the reasons behind British cinema's failure to create its own stars. The text looks at the way theatre and music hall spawned their stars, and asks why so many of them found the transition to film so awkward. It compares the British star system with that of Hollywood. What sort of contracts were British stars offered? How much were they paid? Who dealt with their publicity? How did Britsh fans regard them? There are essays on key figures (Novello, Fields, Formby, Dors, Bogarde, Mason, Matthews), and assessment of how British stars fared in Hollywood, an analysis of the effects of class and regional prejudice on attempts at British star-making, and a survey of the British comedy tradition, and some of the questions about how genre affected the star system.

Of Knights and Clownsp. 1
The Not-So-Roaring 20s: lvor Novello and Betty Balfourp. 34
The King, the Queen and the Dancing Divinityp. 59
Carnival and Consensusp. 83
Stock Typesp. 104
Exotic Outsidersp. 143
Lockwood, Calvert and Some Other Contract Artistsp. 154
Starmakersp. 172
The End of tbe Studio Systemp. 201
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780304333523
ISBN-10: 0304333522
Series: Rethinking British Cinema
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 30th January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.56  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1