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Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s

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With its sharp focus on stardom during the 1920s, Idols of Modernity reveals strong connections and dissonances in matters of storytelling and performance that can be traced both backward and forward, across Europe, Asia, and the United States, from the silent era into the emergence of sound.

Bringing together the best new work on cinema and stardom in the 1920s, this illus
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Rutgers University Press (first published 2010)
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Rama
Nov 19, 2015 Rama rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hollywood
The silent stars

This is a collection essays written by American academics specializing in the history of Hollywood. It looks at the careers of several stars of the twenties and it reveals a range of social, institutional and aesthetic issues they faced. The authors illustrate strong connections and dissonances in storytelling and style of this era when movie business was still at an infant state.

A brief summary of this book is as follows: Transitioning to sound movies which occurred around 192
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Greta
Dec 17, 2010 Greta rated it really liked it
Excellent collection of essays on 20s film stars (including Lea Jacobs article on the Norma and Constance Talmadge). The articles are intelligent, insightful, and despite being an academic publication, most are not obtuse but are clearly written and a real pleasure to read. Highly recommended for lovers of silent films.
Betty
Showcased in this book on cinema and stardom of the the 1920s are Douglas Fairbanks, Constance and Norma Talmadge, Rudy Valentino among others. This brings the best work on film and stardom and it is a tad dry at times, but still a good read.
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