Theorizing Film Acting

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Aaron Taylor
Routledge, Oct 2, 2012 - Performing Arts - 328 pages
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This comprehensive collection provides theoretical accounts of the grounds and phenomenon of film acting. The volume features entries by some of the most prominent scholars on film acting who collectively represent the various theoretical traditions that constitute the discipline of film studies. Each section proposes novel ways of considering the recurring motifs in academic enquiries into film acting, including: (1) the mutually contingent problematic of description and interpretation, (2) the intricacies of bodily dynamics and their reception by audiences, (3) the significance of star performance, and (4) the impact of evolving technologies and film styles on acting traditions.

 

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Contents

Acting Casually and Theoretically Speaking
1
Understanding and Interpreting Film Acting
17
Film Acting Audiences and Communities
90
Film History Industry and the Vicissitudes of Star Acting
167
Technology Film Form and the Actor
227
Contributors
286
Index
293
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Aaron Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of New Media at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. His recent publications on film acting can be found in Quarterly Review of Film and Video (2012), Acting and Performance in Moving Image Culture (2012), and Stages of Reality: Theatricality in Cinema (2011). He has recently written on It’s a Wonderful Life for the Cultographies series.

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