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TitleStars
PublisherBritish Film Institute
ISBN 139780851706436
CategoryArts - Film
Author
LanguageEnglish
File Size3.3 MB
Total Pages111
Document Text Contents
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This Edition first published in 1998 by the
British Film Institute
21 Stephen St, London W1P 2LN

The British Film Institute is the UK national agency with responsibility for encouraging
the arts of film and television and conserving them in the national interest.

First Edition published 1979
Reprinted 1982, 1986,1990, 1992
Copyright © British Film Institute 1979, 1998
Copyright © Richard Dyer 1979, 1998
Copyright © supplementary chapter Paul McDonald 1998

Cover design: Swerlybird Art & Design
Cover image: Jane Fonda as Bree Daniel in Klute, 1971

Set in 10/12pt Minion by Fakenham Photosetting Limited, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 8NL
Printed in Great Britain by St Edmundsbury Press, Bury St Edmunds

British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data
A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library
ISBN 0-85170-648-7 hbk
ISBN 0-85170-643-6 pbk

Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE: STARS AS A SOCIAL PHENOMENON

1 Conditions for Stardom
2 Production: Consumption

Origins of stardom
Stars as a phenomenon of production
Stars as a phenomenon of consumption

3 Ideology
Star versus character
Life-as-theatre
A historical paradigm -from gods to mortals
Stars and the status quo
Compensation
Charisma

PART TWO: STARS AS IMAGES

4 Stars as Stars
Consumption
Success

Ordinariness - are stars 'different'?
The dream soured
Love

5 Stars as Types
The notion of social type
Alternative or subversive types

6 Stars as Specific Images
A specific image: Jane Fonda

PART THREE: STARS AS SIGNS

7 Stars and 'Character'
The notion of character
The construction of character
Stars as characters in films

8 Stars and Performance
Trends in the study of performance
Performance signs

9 A Note on Authorship

CONCLUSION

BIBLIOGRAPHY

SUPPLEMENTARY CHAPTER: RECONCEPTUALISING STARDOM

SUPPLEMENTARY BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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