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Movie Crazy: Fans, Stars, and the Cult of Celebrity
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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 18th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published November 17th 2001)
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Interesting book. Follows the influence of fans on the movies, movies on the fans, fans used by the movies and the movies being “surprised” when the fans became out of control. There were two famous riots by the fans - one, when Valentino died in 1926 and the fans were so distraught that they broke the window in the funeral home in their frenzy to get to their idol no matter how. The other famous demonstration occurred in 1944 when Frank Sinatra was appearing and something people showed up in Ti ...more
The book is thoroughly researched and written with a passion and respect for its subject matter that displays the author's dedication to re-thinking film history and its impact on the formation of the modern American self. Barbas illustrates the often complicated and contradictory nature of the relationship between film fans, the stars and the motion picture studios. What sets this volume apart from so many others is that Barbas demonstrates that the idea of participatory fan culture first discu ...more