Lighting Up the Screen: The Mystery Behind Star Power

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Greta Garbo and Lewis Stone in <em>A Woman of Affairs</em>

Certain actors and actresses light up the screen—and have undeniable star presence. James Harvey explores the mysteries of star presence in cinema, and he gives a personal account of the films that have changed his life. His book Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar analyzes performances by Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, John Wayne, Bergman and Charles Laughton, and directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, who celebrated star quality.