Acting in the Cinema

Acting in the Cinema

by James Naremore
     
 

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In this richly detailed study, James Naremore focuses on the work of film acting, showing what players contribute to movies. Ranging from the earliest short subjects of Charles Chaplin to the contemporary features of Robert DeNiro, he develops a useful means of analyzing performance in the age of mechanical reproduction; at the same time, he reveals the… See more details below

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In this richly detailed study, James Naremore focuses on the work of film acting, showing what players contribute to movies. Ranging from the earliest short subjects of Charles Chaplin to the contemporary features of Robert DeNiro, he develops a useful means of analyzing performance in the age of mechanical reproduction; at the same time, he reveals the ideological implications behind various approaches to acting, and suggests ways that behavior on the screen can be linked to the presentation of self in society.

Naremore's discussion of such figures as Lillian Gish, Marlene Dietrich, James Cagney, and Cary Grant will interest the specialist and the general reader alike, helping to establish standards and methods for future writing about performers and their craft.

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Library Journal
Rather than establish the norms and conventions of film acting as the background for his discussion, Naremore focuses his analyses on a group of films that, he argues, self-consciously thrusts questions of acting to the fore. While this approach enables him to differentiate one kind of performance from another, it leaves blurred the distinctions between script, camera, and acting. The book is more a series of intelligent discussions of individual star performances than a thorough analysis of the craft that the title seems to promise. Marshall Deutelbaum, Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette, Ind.

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ISBN-13:
9780520071940
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/29/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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