Having spent the last decade researching about French-Asian relations in art cinema since World War II, I turn to narratives of age and aging for French and American film stars. What interests me are the ways film stars confront the aging process, both in terms of its representation (through their performances and interpretations of roles), and the management of their careers, particularly regarding longevity and access to artistic opportunities. As age and aging continue to exert pressure on our society in urgent ways, I would like to write a cultural story about our relationship to cinema, an art form that has determined perceptions of age in our popular imagination. Like other "age critics," I seek to help mobilize alternative relationships to age—especially in the face of the dominant narratives of obsolescence and decline as foregone conclusions of the aging process. This project would place me in a completely different film world. First of all, after fifteen years of French and East Asian art and avant-garde cinema, I will be turning to French and American popular cinema, with histories and economies of their own, and to the literature of age studies, an additional new field for me. With a focus on films that are widely viewed, I welcome a process of writing for a more inclusive and expansive readership, in whose imaginations stars already loom large. And finally, as a film studies and humanities scholar, I seek deeper understandings of the cultivation and consumption of personhood over time.