Film Stars

Rock Hudson

Authors: Mercer, John

  • Published in high profile new 'Film Stars' series which caters to the rapidly growing field of film star studies
  • A muchneeded critical study of Rock Hudson that offers a new reading of his cultural and social significance
  • Explores key issues in both Film Studies and Queer Studies
  • Richly illustrated with images from Hudson's movie career
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Tall, dark and handsome, with a manufactured name and a scrupulously designed professional image, Rock Hudson represented the Hollywood ideal of American masculinity during the 1950s and 60s; an ideal that was to be questioned and ultimately undermined during the years to follow by lurid accounts of his private life and his death from AIDS related illness.

This illuminating analysis of Hudson's career reassesses the perceived disparity between his public persona and his 'true' nature. Exploring his unique qualities as a performer and exposing the role of his agent, producers and directors in the construction of his image, John Mercer unpicks Hudson's stardom to reveal a more complex star identity than has hitherto been understood. Foregrounding the ways in which Hudson's career provides insights into the nature of American popular culture and attitudes towards gender and sexuality, Mercer ultimately depicts Hudson as a star who embodied a period of transition between the old Hollywood and the new.

About the authors

John Mercer is Reader in Gender and Sexuality at Birmingham City University, UK. He is co-author of Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility (2004).

Buy this book

eBook 23,79 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50626-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 22,46 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-464-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rock Hudson
Authors
Series Title
Film Stars
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50626-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-50626-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-464-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
168
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