Cult Film Stardom

Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification

  • Kate Egan
  • Sarah Thomas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Star-Making, Cult-Making and Forms of Authenticity

  3. Connecting ‘Cult’ and ‘Stardom’

  4. Cult Stardom and the Mainstream: Management, Mediation and Negotiation

  5. Directors, Reputations and Cult Acting

  6. Cult Identities: Gender, Bodies and Otherness

  7. Cult Stardom in Context: Connoisseurship and Film Criticism

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 276-288

About this book


The term 'cult film star' has been employed in popular journalistic writing for the last 25 years, but what makes cult stars distinct from other film stars has rarely been addressed. This collection explores the processes through which film stars/actors become associated with the cult label, from Bill Murray to Ruth Gordon and Ingrid Pitt.


cinema film Hollywood

Editors and affiliations

  • Kate Egan
    • 1
  • Sarah Thomas
    • 1
  1. 1.Aberystwyth UniversityUK

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