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Movie Acting, The Film Reader : In Focus--Routledge Film Readers - Pamela Robertson Wojcik

Movie Acting, The Film Reader

In Focus--Routledge Film Readers

Paperback Published: 26th February 2004
ISBN: 9780415310253
Number Of Pages: 256

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Movie Acting: The Film Reader explores one of the most central but often overlooked aspects of cinema: film acting.

Combining classic and recent essays, it examines key issues such as:


  • What constitutes film acting?

  • How is film acting different from stage acting?

  • How has film acting changed over time?

  • What signifies realism in film acting?

  • How is acting different in different genres?

  • What is the role of the character actor?

In addition to theoretical essays, contributors provide detailed analyses of specific actors such as Lillian Gish, Marlon Brando and Sidney Poitier. Styles of acting discussed include silent film pantomime, 1930s comedic acting, the Method and acting in avant-garde films. Articles are grouped into thematic sections, each with an introduction by the editor.

Any student of film studies and acting will find this an essential part of their research and reading.

Ontology of the Film Actor
'Remarks on the Actor'
'Audience, Actor, and Star' and 'Types: Cycles as Genres'
'Screen Acting and the Communication Test'
The Creation of the Film Actor
'The Changing Status of the Actor'
'The Histrionic and Verisimilar Codes in the Biograph Films'
'Pictorial Styles and Film Acting'
'Crafting Film Performances: Acting in the Hollywood Studio Era'
Style and Technique
'Lillian Gish in True Heart Susie (1919)
'A High Class Job of Carpentry: Toward a Typography of Early Sound Comedy'
'Masculinity in Crisis: Method Acting in Hollywood'
'Film Acting and Independent Cinema'
Character and Type
'Typcasting'
'The 1950s: Black Stars'
'In Praise of Character Actors'
'The Lives of Supporting Players'
'Supporting Character: The Queer Career of Agnes Moorehead'
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ISBN: 9780415310253
ISBN-10: 0415310253
Series: In Focus--Routledge Film Readers
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.34  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1