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Acting for the Silent Screen : Film Actors and Aspiration Between the Wars (Hardcover) (Chris
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A young man leaves his home to look for work in the cinema industry and disappears into the anonymity of showbiz rebuffals. A shop girl wins a newspaper competition and is transformed overnight into a transatlantic star. An aristocrat swaps high society for the film studio when she 'consents' to act in a series of films, thus legitimising acting for what some might have considered a 'low' art form. Stories like these were the stuff of newspaper headlines in 1920s Britain and reflected a national 'craze' for the cinema. They also demonstrated radical changes in attitudes and values within British society in the wake of World War I. Chris O'Rourke investigates the myths and material practices that grew up around film actors in Britain during the silent era. The book sheds light on issues such as the social and cultural reception of cinema, the participatory film culture expressed through fan magazines, instructional booklets and movie star competitions, and the working conditions encountered by actors behind-the-scenes in British silent films. Drawing on extensive research and a wealth of archival materials, O'Rourke examines how dreams of stardom were fuelled and exploited in the interwar period, and reconstructs the personal narratives and experiences of the first generation to imagine making a living on screen.
Number of Pages: 200
Genre: Performing Arts, History
Series Title: Cinema and Society
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Author: Chris Ou2019rourke
Street Date: January 30, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-4679
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