Acting

• Differences between stage and screen acting • Physicality • Real time vs. screen time • Photogenic features

Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet

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• Actors in Formalist Films vs. Realistic Films

Sin City

The Departed

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• Film Actors
• • • • Marilyn Monroe Clint Eastwood Julia Roberts Tom Cruise

Acting
• Shooting out of sequence - does not have to sustain a performance • Looping or ADR • Stunt & Body Doubles • Little or no rehearsal
Flashdance

Acting
• Personality Star • Actor Star • Icons

Pretty Woman

Acting
• Personality Star

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• Actor Star

Kathy Bates

Acting
• Icons

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• Styles of Acting
• External mastery

Laurence Olivier

Acting
• Styles of Acting
• Internal reality

Marlon Brando

Acting
• Konstantin Stanislavsky & Method acting
– Director of the famed Moscow Art Theatre – Developed the most essential approach to the art of acting over the 20th century – Approach aimed to creating realistic and believable acting performances

Acting
– “Believable truth” – Employed methods such as "emotional memory” – Concerned with the creation of physical entries into these emotional states, believing that the repetition of certain acts and exercises could bridge the gap between life on and off the stage – Demanded actors that pay closer attention to the important unsaid messages within the writing

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– – – – – – Marlon Brando Robert de Niro Sidney Poitier Marilyn Monroe James Dean Montgomery Clift

Acting
• Style of the film
• What kind of camera is used?

• How is it photographed?
• What is it about?

Moulin Rouge, The Others, Dogville & Bewitched

Acting
• Casting
• Typecasting

Kal Penn in Superman Returns and 24

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Ed Helms in The Hangover, The Office & Cedar Rapids

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• Casting
• Recognizable stars

The Namesake Erin Brockovich

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• Casting
• Recognizable stars

Monster’s Ball

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• Casting
• Amateurs

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• What kind of actors? • How are they treated by the director? • How much editing? Are they allowed to speak without a lot of cuts? • Does the film highlight one actor or the ensemble? • Does the star change from film to film or are they always symbolizing one thing? • What is the cultural connection of the star’s iconography to the movie? • What is the style of acting? Realistic or stylized? • Why was the actor cast?

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• Badlands, 1973
– Directed, Written & Produced by Terrence Malick – With Martin Sheen & Sissy Spacek – Does not condemn or praise – Society is “benign” – A 70’s film despite the period detail

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– Based on the true Story of Charles Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate (he was 19, she was 14) – Springsteen’s Nebraska – Starkweather was executed & Fugate (who always maintained her innocence) was paroled after 18 years

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• Terrence Malick, 1943 –
– Another true Auteur (French for author) meaning his vision, style and values are primary and trumps the collective process - see Tarantino, Kubrick, Altman – Badlands is his first feature (he was 29) – So reclusive & eccentric that few photos exist – producers cannot keep copies of anything in his handwriting – called a producer & said he was walking from Texas to Oklahoma "looking at birds". – Studied philosophy at Harvard & Oxford (was a Rhodes Scholar) – After Days of Heaven (1978) he did not make another film & effectively disappeared from the mainstream until The Thin Red Line (1998) – Is a big fan of Zoolander

– ''He's the guy sitting there with the butterfly net waiting for the great monarch to go by,'' says star Brad Pitt ''And when he sees it, he grabs it.'' – ''You can't imagine how much footage there was,'' says costar Jessica Chastain. ''We shot all day. The only time the camera wasn't rolling was when they were reloading the film.'’ – "Where other movies have fans, Malick's produce disciples," US film critic James Hoberman has said.

• Martin Sheen, 1940 –
– 65 films including
• Apocalypse Now, Wall Street, Gandhi, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can, The Believers & The Amazing Spiderman in 3D • TV includes Murphy Brown, Spin City & The West Wing (7 years)

– Regards Badlands as some of his finest work

• Sissy Spacek, 1949 –
– Met husband Jack Fisk on the set of Badlands – Studied the Method with Lee Strasberg – Devoted much of the 80’s & 90’s to her family – Films include
• Carrie (Oscar nom.), Coal Miner’s Daughter (Oscar), ‘night Mother, Missing, Crimes of the Heart, The Straight Story, In the Bedroom, Get Low, The Help