Film Stardom, Myth and Classicism

The Rise of Hollywood’s Gods

  • Authors
  • Michael Williams

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Olympus Moves to Hollywood

    1. Michael Williams
      Pages 1-24
  3. Charting the Firmament

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
  4. Flights to Antiquity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Michael Williams
      Pages 85-112
  5. Undying Pasts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Michael Williams
      Pages 145-173
  6. Conclusion: The End of the Golden Age?

    1. Michael Williams
      Pages 202-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 208-252

About this book


Since the golden era of silent movies, stars have been described as screen gods, goddesses and idols. This is the story of how Olympus moved to Hollywood to divinise stars as Apollos and Venuses for the modern age, and defined a model of stardom that is still with us today.


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