Acting in the Cinema

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University of California Press, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 307 pages
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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.
 

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Rather than establish the norms and conventions of film acting as the background for his discussion, Naremore focuses his analyses on a group of films that, he argues, self-consciously thrusts ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Protocols
7
What Is Acting?
19
The Actor and the Audience
25
Rhetoric and Expressive Technique
32
Expressive Coherence and Performance within Performance
66
Accessories
81
Costume
86
Marlene Dietrich in Morocco 1930
129
James Cagney in Angels with Dirty Faces 1938
155
Katharine Hepburn in Holiday 1938
172
Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront 1954
191
Gary Grant in North by North west 1959
211
Rear Window 1954
237
The King of Comedy 1983
260
Selected Bibliography
285

Makeup
91
Lillian Gish in True Heart Susie 1919
97
Charles Chaplin in The GoLd Rush 1925
112

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Naremore James :

James Naremore is director of the film studies program at Indiana University.

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