As the sequel to the popular That’ll Be the Day (1973), Stardust (1974) documents the rise and fall of the pop star through school dropout Jim Maclaine. The film reunited producers David Puttnam and Sandy Lieberson with writer Ray Connolly, art director Brian Morris and stars David Essex, Keith Moon and Rosalind Ayres. But there were some important changes; Tony Richmond joined the project as cinematographer, replacing Peter Suschitsky and director Claude Whatham was replaced by Michael Apted. Sandy Lieberson remembers that Apted was chosen to direct Stardust because, ‘we wanted a very different feel and look to the movie. Apted came from a background of documentaries that fit into the style we wanted.’1 Although Stardust does not have a typical documentary style, it is interesting that the project was initially conceived with this intention. Perhaps the biggest change was the refusal of Ringo Starr to reprise his role as Mike which led to the part being offered to 1960s pop star Adam Faith.
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- Stardust: Stardom, Performance and Masculinity
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