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The Rise of the Hollywood Star

MovieFanfare writes:
These days it comes as no surprise to associate a film's merit to its leading actor or actress rather than the director or writer, but a century ago, as the medium of film began its ascent to become one of the worlds greatest art forms, this was not the case.

Up until around 1910, there was no star system in Hollywood, for as critic Jeremy G. Butler writes on the subject, "they viewed the actor, instead, as simply the body of work that held the character's place on screen. It was the character's position within a narrative structure that mattered, not the star's embodiment of that character." It is notable that up until these times, often an actor's name was not even mentioned in a movie's credits as their role in the production was considered so insignificant.

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