Screen Acting

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While not everyone would agree with Alfred Hitchcock's notorious remark that 'actors are cattle', there is little understanding of the work film actors do. Yet audience enthusiasm for, or dislike of, actors and their style of performance is a crucial part of the film-going experience. Screen Acting discusses the development of film acting, from the stylisation of the silent era, through the naturalism of Lee
Strasberg's 'Method', to Mike ...
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While not everyone would agree with Alfred Hitchcock's notorious remark that 'actors are cattle', there is little understanding of the work film actors do. Yet audience enthusiasm for, or dislike of, actors and their style of performance is a crucial part of the film-going experience. Screen Acting discusses the development of film acting, from the stylisation of the silent era, through the naturalism of Lee
Strasberg's 'Method', to Mike Leigh's use of improvisation.
The contributors to this innovative volume explore the philosophies which have influenced acting in the movies and analyse the styles and techniques of individual filmmakers and performers, including Bette Davis, James Mason, Susan Sarandon and Morgan Freeman. There are also interviews with working actors: Ian Richardson discusses the relationship between theatre, film and television acting; Claire Rushbrook and Ron Cook discuss theri work with Mike Leigh, and Helen Shaver discusses her work with the critic Susan Knobloch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415182942
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Contributors: Cynthia Baron, Sharon Marie Carnicke, Helen Day-Mayer, Susan Knobloch, Paul MacDonald, David Mayer, Roberta E. Pearson, Martin Shingler, Janet Sonenberg , Carole Zucker Alan Lovell is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Staffordshire University. Peter Kramer is at the University of East Anglia.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
2 Acting in silent film: Which legacy of the theatre? 10
3 Crafting film performances: Acting in the Hollywood studio era 31
4 Bette Davis: Malevolence in motion 46
5 A star performs: Mr. March, Mr. Mason and Mr. Maine 59
6 Lee Strasberg's paradox of the actor 75
7 Susan Sarandon: In praise of older women 88
8 Helen Shaver: Resistance through artistry 106
9 Actors and the sound gang 126
10 Secrets and Lies: Acting for Mike Leigh 138
11 An interview with Ian Richardson: Making friends with the camera 152
12 Bibliographical notes 165
Bibliography 171
Index 180
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