Star System of Hollywood Movies

The method of creating and promoting film stars in Hollywood movies is known as the star system. Different studios would select talented actors and create roles for them, often inventing new names and even new backgrounds. Stars that went through this star system in Hollywood movies are Cary Grant, Joan Crawford and Rock Hudson. In this system the emphasis is on the image rather than on acting. Although acting, voice, and dancing lessons are apart of the common element of the regimen.

They had rules and restrictions that these new budding actors had to follow. Some of them being, they were not allowed to leave the house without putting any makeup and wearing stylish clothes especially when it comes to female actors. Whereas, the male actors they were expected to be seen in public as gentlemen. The star system of Hollywood movies had morality clauses, which was a common part of the actor’s studio contracts.

Just as the executives, public relations staffs, and the agents worked together with the actor to create a star character, so also they would work together to cover up the incidents or lifestyles which were thought of as disrespectful and which might damage or spoil the image of the actor in the eye of the public.

As a part of this system, performers were not identified in films due to two main reasons. One is that the stage performers were embarrassed to be in films. As initially they were featured in silent film and it was considered pantomime, which is the art of conveying emotions, actions, feelings, etc by gestures without speech. As one of the main skills of actors was their voice, they were afraid that appearing in films would ruin their reputation.

The other reason for the performers not being identified in films was because producers feared that actors would gain more prestige and power and the stars might thus demand more money. There were many incidents that have cause the star system of Hollywood movies to come into existence. Some of the main reasons can be traced from the following incidents.

Thomas Edison and the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC) forced the filmmakers to use their equipments and follow their rules, since they owned most of the patents of the motion picture equipments. It was known that the MPPC did promote some actors during that time.

There was gradually a change in the star system of Hollywood movies, and the main reason for this was that the public wanted to know the real name of the actors. Film audiences constantly recognized a number of performers in movies that they liked. As the names of these stars were not disclosed the audience would give them nicknames. Such as the Biograph Girl, Florence Lawrence and many more.

The MPPC was gaining control over the movie industry until Carl Laemmle promoted the first film star. He was independent of the MPPC and used star promotion to fight MPPC control over the film industry. He got hold of Lawrence from Biograph and spread a rumor that she was killed at a car accident but then later combated this rumor and said she was doing fine and would be starring in the up-coming film produced by him.

Another reason that led to the beginning of the star system in Hollywood movies was the development of the film magazines that gave fans knowledge about the actors. Which includes the lifestyles of the actors outside their film roles. Some of the popular magazines of the time were the Motion Picture Story Magazine and Photoplay. They focused on movies stories but later they began to focus more on the actors catering to reader’s tastes.

The standards set by the legitimate theatre encouraged films to follow the star system of the stage. These are some of the main reason of how star system in Hollywood movies came into being.

Red Movie Review – Red’s All Right, Almost

There are things that are just beyond the realm of possibility even for Hollywood films but you dare question the authenticity of certain acts especially when they are being executed by Bruce ‘John McClane’ Willis. Based on the graphic novels by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer, director Robert Schwentke’s Red gets to do a whole lot more than merely push the limits of believability.

Red Movie Story

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) used to be a highly placed CIA operative who has nothing better to do with his retired life but indulge in intercity telephonic chats with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), his claims officer who he has never met in person. Out of the blue a covert team is sent to kill him but old habits die hard and Moses ends up surviving. He realizes that whoever is trying to wipe him out will make a dash for Sarah so he kidnaps her in order to save her life. Once Moses joins the dots it becomes quite clear that the clear and present danger to his life is due to some dubious action in the past. So he starts rounding up his old team – a stage 4 liver cancer patient Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), a completely nuts and extremely paranoid Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), former foe and KGB top shot Ivan Simanov (Brain Cox) and former MI:6 operative who now loves tending gardens Victoria (Helen Mirren) to make sure they outsmart the enemy. The five with Sarah, who’s enjoying this wild ride, have to figure out who’s trying to kill them before Agent America and CIA man William Cooper (Karl Urban) executes his orders.

Red stands for Retired and Extremely Dangerous and to think of Bruce Willis in the titular role isn’t challenging one’s imagination but Schwentke rounds up a rather interesting set of actors to play the supporting roles which make Red a delight to some extent. Sadly even with the combined talents of Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Brian Cox and Helen Mirren Red largely remains a mindless, dumb action comedy instead of the smart film it could have become. Some of the gags are more than decent and will get the laughs but mostly it’s the mechanical action sequences which fills the gaps.

Final Words on Red

In a very ‘old school versus new school’ kind of set-up Red’s best moments, not surprisingly are the ones where the old hands like Mirren, Cox and Malkovich do the talking. While Willis surely leads this pack, things change when Mirren makes an entry; all she needs to do is stand there and Willis ends up look nothing more than a fan boy! Louise-Parker looks happy just to be a part of the elite group, Willis packs the chops but Freeman gets the weakest role. Nevertheless Red is most enjoyable thanks to the great cast which elevates the routine fare.

Read Cast: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Brian Cox and Helen Mirren.

Red Written by: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber (based on the graphic novels by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner)

Red Director: Robert Schwentke

Red Genre: Action / Comedy / Drama

Red Ratings: 2.5 / 5

Craftsmanship In The Movie

Movie director is one of the most enviable jobs, and many boys dream to be a movie director and direct a big box office hit movie, such as Titanic and Avatar. Of course, James Cameron is an excellent movie director and he directed so many classical films that will be remembered on the movie story.

Several decades ago, the director’s work is very mysterious. Few people know how to become a the director of movie, and we only watch the finished movie in the theater. Thanks to the advance of technology, we now can use even the cell phone to shoot a short video. Sure, you can also rent Sony PDW F800 or buy used video equipment to shoot a short movie on your own. Ask your family or friends to play in your movie and you can direct your first movie too.

If you decide to direct a movie by yourself, you should learn some basic rules on how to become the director. As everyone can use a cell phone or camera to shoot some videos, you need to know more about it. Your film can attract others’ interest only if it takes some craftsmanship or other worthy things. It can be a short comedic film or just some footage to express your person options about world or life. There are many movie tops to choose, and a good movie director can make the topic a good film. People would like to pay money for the theater ticket.Make sure that you know every aspect of the making process, not only the directing techniques. Making a movie is the team work, and a good movie director knows about everything during the filmmaking process, including camera work, acting and editing.

There is no doubt that every movie director loves movies and he or she must watch a plenty of worldwide movies. If you want to direct a film, you firstly should watch many movies, especially those famous ones. And you can learn something from the masters, such as pioneers like Alfred Hitchcock. There are different film types, and you should watch as many as possible. Then, you can get a bigger horizon and shoot a good piece of film. When you watch films, you should watch it from different aspects, which are very different from movie audience. The finished movie is your teacher, and you should listen to it, watch it and learn things from it. Certainly, watch film is the first step to become a movie director, and you have to learn more to become a good director.