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George Clooney

George Clooney

McDonald, Paul, 1963- author; British Film Institute, issuing body

A study of the actor, filmmaker and activist, placing Clooney in a tradition of comparable figures. Considers Clooney's straddling of the commercial and the offbeat. Paul McDonald's study of the actor-filmmaker George Clooney traces the star's career, from his role in the hit television medical drama ER to his dual screen persona, allowing him to move seamlessly from commercial hits such as Out of Sight (1998) and Ocean's Eleven (2001) to more offbeat roles in such films as Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). McDonald also considers Clooney's political activism and his roles in such explicity political films as Three Kings (1999) and Syriana (2005), as well as his work as a producer of films including Argo (2012) and as director of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002); Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) and Suburbicon (2017) among others. McDonald places Clooney in the context of the Hollywood star system, considering the argument that Clooney's star persona has many similarities with that of classical Hollywood movie stars such as Cary Grant, but also addresses Clooney as a very 21st century transmedia celebrity

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Published London: BFI, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: Paul McDonald
ISBN: 1911239325, 9781911239321
Physical Description: 216 pages : illustrations (black and white).
Series: Film stars
Subject: Individual film directors, film-makers; Performing Arts.; Films, cinema; Individual actors & performers; Film history, theory & criticism; Clooney, George Criticism and interpretation.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Film stars.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781844574940

Contents

  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. INTRODUCTION: CLOONEY AND MODERN HOLLYWOOD
  3. 1 CROSS-MEDIA STARDOM: TELEVISION / FILM
  4. 2 PERFORMING STARDOM: ACTOR / STAR
  5. 3 FLEXIBLE STARDOM: INDEPENDENCE / HOLLYWOOD
  6. 4 ACTORVIST STARDOM: ENTERTAINMENT / POLITICS
  7. CONCLUSION: 'THE LAST MOVIE STAR'
  8. APPENDIX
  9. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  10. FILMOGRAPHY
  11. INDEX