Gods Like Us by Ty Burr
On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame

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“Gods Like Us” is more assured in its broad strokes than its fine-grain.
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WITH 8 PAGES OF BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS

How—and why—do we obsess over movie stars? How does fame both reflect and mask the person behind it? How have the image of stardom and our stars’ images altered over a century of cultural and technological change? Do we create celebrities, or do they create us?
 
Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, answers these questions in this lively and fascinating anecdotal history of stardom, with all its blessings and curses for star and stargazer alike. From Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin to Archie Leach (a.k.a. Cary Grant) and Marion Morrison (a.k.a. John Wayne), Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts, and such no-cal stars of today as the Kardashians and the new online celebrity (i.e., you and me), Burr takes us on an insightful and entertaining journey through the modern fame game at its flashiest, most indulgent, occasionally most tragic, and ultimately, its most revealing.
 

About Ty Burr

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Ty Burr has been a film critic at The Boston Globe since 2002. Prior to that, he wrote about movies for Entertainment Weekly and began his career as an in-house movie analyst for HBO. His previous books include The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together (2007). He lives, writes, and teaches in the greater Boston area.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Vintage. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Caryn James on Feb 22 2013

...it’s the mark of a valuable, provocative book that it can make us laugh, think and argue about the starry contradictions that are so profound a part of our lives, whether we like to acknowledge their importance or not.

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Reviewed by Carrie Rickey on Sep 23 2012

“Gods Like Us” is more assured in its broad strokes than its fine-grain.

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Reviewed by Frederic Raphael on Sep 21 2012

..."Gods Like Us" is a standout, as enjoyable as it is informative, when it comes to the astrology of public entertainment.

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