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Stars: New Edition

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Cinema's glamor has always been inseparable from star performances and star images. On its first publication in 1980, this book set new standards for critical and theoretical rigor in the field of star studies. Through the intensive examination of films, magazines, and advertising--as well as critical texts--Richard Dyer analyzes the historical, ideological, and aesthetic...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by British Film Institute (first published December 31st 1979)
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Richard Dyer is one of my favorite "academic" writers because his writing is simultaneously accessible and totally weird. You're guaranteed a unique perspective from him. This is no exception. This is a nontraditional look at the lives of Hollywood stars and the impact of "star culture" on our thinking.
This book really needs no review - it's a seminal work in star studies and must be one of the most quoted film studies books ever. It inspired my own interest in star studies and is incredibly influential in my research.

Another must-read for any film scholars.
Certainly a great reference book for those who want to have a more acadamic look into the world of "Old" Hollywood and how it stands up against the Hollywood we have today. (Which in my opinion, and Mr. Dyer appears to agree with me, pails in comparison)
as we get further intertwined with our on a large scale the book is even more applicable to everyone's lives
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