Bette Davis once described Hollywood actors as American royalty, a cohort that answered the core human desire to look up to something. Those Hollywood actors who became stars (so named because of the stars in Paramount Pictures’ logo), thus served a purpose not only by acting, but also by representing societal and cultural ideals; not an easy demand, as such ideal ...

Thomas Elsaesser: The Persistence of Hollywood

Adrian Danks
Monday, 23 April 2012

Adrian Danks


The Persistence of Hollywood
by Thomas Elsaesser
Routledge (Palgrave Macmillan), $53 pb, 403 pp, 9780415968140


Is there anything left to say about Hollywood? Thomas Elsaesser’s monumental compil ...