Ivor Novello: screen idol,
London, UK, British Film Institute, 193pp.
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In 'Ivor Novello: Screen Idol', Michael Williams examines how British film magazines shaped his star persona, while classical Greek imagery and myth informed his iconography. This study broadens the scope of star studies, examining Novello in relation to a number of issues, including the trauma of World War I, gender and sexuality, and the devlopment of British silent films. Through an exploration of the screen idol's associations with romance, glamour and sentimentalism, this first major study provides a fascinating insight into the British Cinema's 'Valentino' and one of its first iconic figures. The Ivor Novello that emerges is a modern, paradoxical and disturbing product of his time.
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