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Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s
edited by Patrice Petro
contributions by Paula J. Massood, Joanna E. Rapf, Yiman Wang, Charles Wolfe, Scott Curtis, Mary Desjardins, Lucy Fischer, Krin Gabbard, Gerd Gemunden, Lea Jacobs and Amy Lawrence
introduction by Patrice Petro
Rutgers University Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-0-8135-4731-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-8010-4 | Paper: 978-0-8135-4732-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1998.2.I36 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430280922

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 oncinemaand stardom in the 1920s, this illustrated collection showcases the range of complex social, institutional, and aesthetic issues at work in American cinema of this time. Attentive to stardom as an ensemble of texts, contexts, and social phenomena stretching beyond the cinema, major scholars provide careful analysis of the careers of both well-known and now forgotten stars of the silent and early sound era—Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, the Talmadge sisters, Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, Greta Garbo, Anna May Wong, Emil Jannings, Al Jolson, Ernest Morrison, Noble Johnson, Evelyn Preer, Lincoln Perry, and Marie Dressler.

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