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Symposium: Surface and Substance: Reflections on the Male Star

May 28, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - May 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The Centre for Film Studies, University of St Andrews, in collaboration with the Centre for Critical and Creative Cultures, University of Dundee, present


A Symposium

28-29 May 2016, The Byre Theatre Studio, St Andrews

Saturday 28 May

12.15pm Welcome and Opening Comments

12.30pm Mark Glancy (Queen Mary, University of London)
Cary Grant in Wartime: Changing to Remain the Same

1.00pm Anna Blackwell (De Montfort University)
‘The Old Wizard Flashes his Impressive Wand’: Ian McKellen, Ageing, Beauty and

1.30pm Jennifer Barnes (University of Dundee)
The Shakespearean Stardom of Laurence Olivier

2.00pm Pret Houston (Independent Researcher)
‘Making Words Flesh’: the Stardom of Peter O’Toole’s Voice

2.30pm Susan Smith (University of Sunderland)
‘There But For You Go I’: Revisiting Gene Kelly’s Star Identity

3.00pm Tea/Coffee break

3.30pm Sue Harris (Queen Mary, University of London)
Gerard Depardieu: on Abjection and Late Style

4.00pm Martin Shingler (University of Sunderland)
Insubstantial? Beau Brummel (1924)

4.30pm Elisabetta Girelli (University of St Andrews)
‘Beauty in the Lap of Horror’: the Gothic Appeal of Erich von Stroheim in Blind
Husbands (1919) and Foolish Wives (1922)

5.00pm Shruti Narayanswamy (University of St Andrews)
‘Do Educated Wives Really Bring Happiness to Their Husbands?’: The Early
Protagonists of Raja Sandow

5.30pm Refreshment break (own arrangement)

(New Venue): SCHOOL THREE, THE QUAD (at the heart of medieval St Andrews)
Screening: Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik (George Fitzmaurice, 1926,
68 minutes) with LIVE musical accompaniment, composed and performed by Steve
Gellatly (University of Dundee)


Sunday 29 May

9.30am Catherine O’Rawe (University of Bristol)
Acting Retro: ‘Ideological Faces’ and Nostalgia in Romanzo Criminale: La Serie

10.00am Gillian Kelly (University of Glasgow)
Paradoxical Star Power: Robert Taylor and Tyrone Power as Male Pin-Ups and
(Ageing) Respected Actors

10.30am Thomas Alcott (Aberystwyth University)
A ‘Real’ Wrestling Star: Finding the ‘Authentic’ Star Within an ‘In-authentic Sport’

11.00am: TEA/COFFEE

11.30am Andrei Gadalean (University of St Andrews)
‘Visconti’s Diva’: Helmut Berger’s Performances of the Self in The Damned, Ludwig,
and Conversation Piece

12.00pm Robin Griffiths (University of Gloucestershire)
‘Kick[ing] Against the System’: Queer(y)ing Masculinity, Stardom and ‘Welshness’
in the Films of Richard Burton

12.30pm Sam Summers (University of Sunderland)
The Male Star as a Site of Intertextuality in Dreamworks Animation

1.00pm  Lunch

2.00pm Souraj Dutta (University of St Andrews)
The Star as the Non-Artist: Shah Rukh Khan, the Businessman Star

2.30pm Dennis Hanlon (University of St Andrews)
Superstar Rajnikanth: The Politics and Aesthetics of Male Stardom in South Indian Cinemas

3.00pm Adrian Garvey (Queen Mary, University of London)
Masculinity, Melodrama and Music in A Star Is Born

3.30pm Sarah Thomas (Aberystwyth University)
Monologues and Silence: James Mason in the 1970s

Concluding Remarks


May 28, 2016 @ 12:15 pm
May 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Elisabetta Girelli
Jennifer Barnes


Byre Theatre- Studio
Abbey Street
St Andrews, KY16 9LA
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