ABSTRACT

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.

 

chapter |16 pages

Introduction: Acting, Casually and Theoretically Speaking

ByAARON TAYLOR

part |1 pages

PART I Aesthetics: Understanding and Interpreting Film Acting

chapter 1|14 pages

Acting Matters: Noting Performance in Three Films

ByBRENDA AUSTIN-SMITH

chapter 2|14 pages

Living Meaning: The Fluency of Film Performance

ByANDREW KLEVAN

chapter 3|15 pages

Play-Acting: A Theory of Comedic Performance

ByALEX CLAYTON

chapter 4|14 pages

Performed Performance and The Man Who Knew Too Much

ByMURRAY POMERANCE

chapter 5|14 pages

“Brando Sings!”: The Invincible Star Persona

ByGEORGE TOLES

part |1 pages

PART II Reception: Film Acting, Audiences and Communities

part |1 pages

PART III Culture: Film History, Industry and the Vicissitudes of Star Acting

chapter 11|15 pages

Story and Show: The Basic Contradiction of Film Star Acting

ByPAUL MCDONALD

chapter 12|17 pages

The Screen Actor’s “First Self” and “Second Self”: John Wayne and Coquelin’s Acting Theory

ByJohn Wayne and Coquelin’s Acting Theory SHARON MARIE CARNICKE

chapter 13|9 pages

Acting Like a Star: Florence Turner, Picture Personality

ByCHARLIE KEIL

chapter 14|17 pages

Niche Stars and Acting “Gay”

ByCHRIS HOLMLUND

part |1 pages

PART IV Apparatus: Technology, Film Form and the Actor

chapter 15|14 pages

What Becomes of the Camera in the World on Film?

ByWILLIAM ROTHMAN

chapter 16|13 pages

Sonic Bodies: Listening as Acting

ByJENNIFER M. BARKER

chapter 18|15 pages

Articulating Digital Stardom

ByBARRY KING