Larger Than Life : Movie Stars of the 1950s, Paperback / softback Book

Larger Than Life : Movie Stars of the 1950s Paperback / softback

Edited by R. Barton Palmer

Part of the Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema series

Description

The constellation of Hollywood stars burned brightly in the 1950s, even as the industry fell on hard economic times.

Major artists of the 1940s-James Stewart, Jerry Lewis, and Gregory Peck- continued to exert a magical appeal but the younger generation of moviegoers was soon enthralled by an emerging cast, led by James Dean and Marlon Brando.

They, among others, ushered in a provocative acting style, "the Method," bringing hard-edged, realistic performances to the screen.

Adult-oriented small-budget dramas were ideal showcases for Method actors, startlingly realised when Brando seized the screen in On the Waterfront.

But, with competition from television looming, Hollywood also featured film-making of epic proportion-Ben-Hur and other cinema wonders rode onto the screen with amazing spectacle, making stars of physically impressive performers such as Charlton Heston.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 55
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9780813547671

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