Larger Than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s (Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema)

Larger Than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s (Star Decades: American Culture/American Cinema)

By: R. Barton Palmer (editor), William Brown (contributor), R. Barton Palmer (contributor), Frank Krutnik (contributor), Pugh Pugh (contributor), Adrienne L. McLean (contributor), Sandler Sandler (contributor), Foster Hirsch (contributor), Murray Pomerance (contributor), Amy Lawrence (contributor)Paperback

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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.

About Author

R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he also directs the film studies program. He is the author, editor, or general editor of numerous books on various literary and cinematic subjects, including Traditions in World Cinema (Rutgers University Press).

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  • ISBN13: 9780813547671
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780813547671
  • ISBN10: 0813547679

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