Gods Like Us

Gods Like Us

On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame

Book - 2012
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With 8 Pages of Black-and-White Photographs

In this captivating history of stardom, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr traces our obsession with fame from the dawn of cinema through the age of the Internet. Why do we obsess over the individuals we come to call stars? How has both the image of stardom and our stars' images changed over the past hundred years? What does celebrity mean if people can now become famous simply for being famous? With brilliant insight and entertaining examples, Burr reveals the blessings and the curses of celebrity for the star and the stargazer alike. From Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, to Archie Leach (a.k.a. Cary Grant), Tom Cruise, and Julia Roberts, to such no-cal stars of today as the Kardashians and the new online celebrity, Gods Like Us is a journey through the fame game at its flashiest, most indulgent, occasionally most tragic, and ultimately it's most culturally revealing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307390844
9780307377661
0307377660
Branch Call Number: 306.48 B94g 2012
Characteristics: xxiv, 413 p., [8] p. of plates : ports. ; 25 cm

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GummiGirl
Nov 25, 2013

Entertaining, if a little uneven, history of a century of movie stars (and some other stars too). The less-known tidbits from the earliest years are especially interesting, but the author brings things right up to the present day.

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