More Than a Method: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Film Performance by Carole Zucker
Though it is often neglected in cinema scholarship, screen performance is a crucial element in the ideological and emotional impact of films. More Than a Method: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Film Performance features twelve essays that analyze performance in post-1950s film, addressing distinct questions about the working relationships between actors and directors and discussing the interplay between performance and other cinematic techniques. The authors explain the context for performance analysis as they address an international array of film genres, actors, and directors including Alfred Hitchcock and Gus Van Sant, Robert Bresson, Michelangelo Antonioni, Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, John Sayles, Neil Jordan, Tomàs Gutiérrez Alea, Stanley Kubrick, Jim Carrey, and John Woo.
Cynthia Baron is the author of Denzel Washington. She is also co-author of Reframing Screen Performance and co-author of Appetites and Anxieties: Food, Film, and the Politics of Representation (Wayne State University Press, 2013).
Diane Carson is the editor of John Sayles: Interviews and co-editor of Sayles Talk: New Perspectives on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles (Wayne State University Press, 2006). She is also co-author of Appetites and Anxieties: Food, Film, and the Politics of Representation (Wayne State University Press, 2013).
Frank P. Tomasulo teaches cinema history and theory courses at The City College of New York, CUNY, and Pace University, as well as on-line graduate seminars for National University. He has published extensively on the films of Michelangelo Antonioni and Steven Spielberg, among many other media-related subjects.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: More Than the Method, More Than One Method
Analyzing Film Performance: Logic and Methods
Why Study Film Acting? Some Opening Reflections
Screen Performance and Directors' Visions
Modernism and Film Performance
Performance in the Films of Robert Bresson: The Aesthetics of Denial
"The Sounds of Silence": Modernist Acting in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up
Resisting Reality: Acting by Design in Robert Altman's Nashville
Developments in Neonaturalist Film Performance
Playing with Performance: Directorial and Performance Style in John Cassavetes's Opening Night
Plain and Simple: Masculinity through John Sayles's Lens
Passionate Engagement: Performance in the Films of Neil Jordan
Postmodern Film Performance
Acting Prima Donna Politics in Tomas Gutierrez Alea's Strawberry and Chocolate
Kidman, Cruise, and Kubrick: A Brechtian Pastiche
Thinking through Jim Carrey
Suiting Up for Postmodern Performance in John Woo's The Killer