Contemporary Cinema and 'Old Age'

Gender and the Silvering of Stardom

  • Josephine Dolan

About this book


This book is the first to explore ‘old age’ in cinema at the intersection of gender, ageing, celebrity and genre studies. It takes its cue from the dual meanings of ‘silvering’ – economics and ageing – and explores shifting formulations of ‘old age’ and gender in contemporary cinema. Broad in its scope, the book establishes the importance of silver audiences to the survival of cinema exhibition while also forging connections between the pleasures of ‘old age’ films, consumer culture, the ‘economy of celebrity’ and the gendered silvering of stardom. The chapters examine gendered genres such as romantic comedies, action and heist movies, the prosthetics of costume, and CGI enabled age transformations. Through this analysis, Josephine Dolan teases out the different meanings of ageing masculinity and femininity offered in contemporary cinema. She identifies ageing femininity as the pathologised target of rejuvenation while masculine ageing is seen to enhance an enduring youthfulness. This book has interdisciplinary appeal and will engage scholars interested in ‘old age’ and gender representations in contemporary cinema.


Ageing audiences spin-offs celebrity studies genre studies successful ageing formations of femininity formations of masculinity prosthetics dementia crisis of ageing third and fourth age old age in cinema silvering economics and ageing cinema and ageing aging culture of ageing

Authors and affiliations

  • Josephine Dolan
    • 1
  1. 1.GlasgowUnited Kingdom

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