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Author Naremore, James.

Title Acting in the cinema / James Naremore
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 1990
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 307 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part One: Performance in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction -- 2 Protocols -- 3 Rhetoric and Expressive Technique -- 4 Expressive Coherence and Performance within Performance -- 5 Accessories -- Part Two: Star Performances -- 6 Lillian Gish in True Heart Susie (1919) -- 7 Charles Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925) -- 8 Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930) -- 9 James Cagney in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) -- 10 Katherine Hepburn in Holiday (1938) (page 174) -- 11 Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1954) -- 12 Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959) -- Part Three: Film as a Performance Text -- 13 Rear Window (1954) -- 14 The King of Comedy (1983) -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Summary 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-293) and index
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Subject Motion picture acting.
Motion pictures -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520062280