Topic 10: Film stars of the past and present

● film icons in the early days of cinema ● contemporary film stars in the world and in our country ● which prerequisites are usually necessary to become a star ● what benefits can a star bring to a movie ● explain the terms type-casting and star vehicle

A FEW PICTURES: How many can you recognise?

Photos are arranged chronologically according to date of birth

… plus many, many, many more!

Choose your favourites and be ready to mention at least more than TWO from early history.

Food for thought:
How important were movie stars for the film industry throughout history?
How important were movie stars in shaping culture and society throughout history?
In what ways are contemporary movie stars different from the stars in the past?
What are your favourite world and local actors and actresses from the past and the present?

Yes, there’s a very high chance you’ll be asked these questions.


The star system – the method of creating, promoting and exploiting movie stars in Classical Hollywood cinema (1900s – 1960s), in which Studios would select promising young actors and actresses and create a complete star personas for them, having complete control over the choice of roles and career decisions, often inventing new names, sometimes even backgrounds for them, taking care about every aspect of their public image, covering up scandals, unorthodoxies, etc.

A star vehicle – a movie, play, TV show, or other production whose primary purpose profit is to enhance an actor’s career. Vehicles are most commonly produced when a young or inexperienced actor has signed a long-term contract with a major studio. By showcasing the actor’s talents, the vehicle is an attempt at creating a bankable star

Typecasting – the process by which a film, TV, or stage actor is strongly identified with a specific character, one or more particular roles, or characters with the same traits or ethnic grouping. There have been instances in which an actor has been so strongly identified with a role as to make it difficult for him or her to find work playing other characters

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