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Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
... This chapter explores how television and scandal magazines of the 1950s competed and converged through their use of stars whose personas had been established by the film industry. The recyclings of Maureen O’Hara through the moral biography of This Is Your Life and the scandalous gossip...
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
Published: 01 January 1998
DOI: 10.1215/9780822377580-046
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7758-0
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
... The status of the aging film star in the new medium of television after 1950 was negotiated within anxieties about feminine survival in “new Hollywood.” These anxieties were related to the material conditions of labor in postwar Hollywood and to long-circulated fantasies about female stars...
Published: 15 November 2019
DOI: 10.1215/9781478005605-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0560-5
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
... This chapter examines the case study of former silent film star Gloria Swanson’s move into her own television talk show in 1948 within the context of the television industry’s vested interest in recycling formerly popular film stars as models for television stardom. Swanson’s case illuminates...
Book Chapter

By Allison McCracken
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
... whiteness microphone technology Hollywood film stars pop singers ...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375326-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
... jazz orchestra through his rise as a romantic crooner and a successful film star and national icon. This chapter provides detailed analysis of Crosby’s recordings, films, and media coverage and identifies the broader social factors that aided Crosby’s ascent, including technological and industrial...
Published: 03 January 2006
DOI: 10.1215/9780822387947-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8794-7
Published: 03 February 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373414-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7341-4
... these suicides, this chapter argues that its ethics are fully entangled with its aesthetics. The Bridge uses Hollywood conventions to frame suicide as sublime, both terrible and magnificent, and to elevate one graceful jumper into a position as the film’s star. These aesthetic choices compromise the film...
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
... and the body as staging a performance of identity in capitalist, patriarchal culture. Since biography is invested in both history and storytelling, in narrating the self within a specific social milieu, the films and videos discussed in this chapter demonstrate how stars function as part of a culture’s “social...
Published: 24 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375395-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7539-5
... This chapter is about the author’s relationship to Bollywood films. The narrative focuses on interviews with the Hindi film actor Manoj Bajpai (who starred in the hit film Satya) and the way in which Bajpai entered the world of the author’s novel Home Products (later published in the United...
Book Chapter

By Jean Ma
Published: 13 May 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375623-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7562-3
... and the immediacy of live performance; at the same time, this effect was produced from within an environment of mechanical reproduced sounds and repetitive listening. In Two Stars in the Milky Way, one of a number of partial-sound productions from the transitional period, we witness how the incorporation of film...
Book Chapter

By Mary R. Desjardins
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
... star recyclings take place. This chapter examines star recyclings circulated by online venues that rely on user-generated content. While many video mash-ups on YouTube featuring past stars use found footage and collage strategies reminiscent of the avant-garde films discussed in chapter 5, and within...
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
... Female stardom is central to understanding many of the anxieties and pleasures that recycled stars invoke through public, multi-mediated emergence, loss, and return. The introduction to Recycled Stars situates this insight within an understanding of how the socially mediated practices around...
Book Chapter

By Jean Ma
Published: 13 May 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375623-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7562-3
... Grace Chang was one of the biggest stars of postwar Hong Kong film and popular music, most remembered for her debut role in Mambo Girl, which introduced to Chinese cinema the figure of the singing and dancing teenager. Her performances introduced new, foreign musical styles—such as American rock...
Book Chapter

By Jean Ma
Published: 13 May 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375623-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7562-3
... film songs were regularly dubbed by other singers, such as the famed pop star Yao Lee, who collaborated with Chung as a behind-the-scenes singer in a large number of productions. Precisely for this reason, these films shed light on the ambivalent location of the voice in songstress films—at once...
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3
... This chapter analyzes the postmortem coverage of Lucille Ball that conjoins her with ex-husband and costar Desi Arnaz as a star couple who were central to the development of the situation comedy as a television genre and the meaning of family in postwar America. This recycling was first used...
Book Chapter

By Mary R. Desjardins
Series: Console-ing Passions
Published: 09 February 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376033-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7603-3