Close up : great cinematic performances. Volume 1, American / edited by Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens
UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
Call No: 227.01(73) CLO Place: UK Publisher: Edinburgh University Press PubDate: 2018 Series: International film stars Subject: ACTORS; CHARACTER ACTORS; STARS; WOMEN IN FILMS. USA; WATERS, ETHEL; DUNNE, IRENE; GRANT, CARY; GAYNOR, JANET; HEPBURN, KATHARINE; DAVIS, BETTE; CLIFT, MONTGOMERY; CURTIS, TONY; SELLERS, PETER; Stewart, James; Lombard, Carole; MASON, JAMES; BURTON, RICHARD; LEWIS, JERRY; POITIER, SIDNEY; HACKMAN, GENE; ROWLANDS, GENA; NICHOLSON, JACK; HOFFMAN, DUSTIN; GOULD, ELLIOTT; PACINO, AL; GOLDBERG, WHOOPI; BLANCHETT, CATE; ISAAC, OSCAR; STEWART, KRISTEN; CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (FR/SZ/GG/US/BE, Olivier Assayas, 2014); MOST VIOLENT YEAR, A (US, J. C. Chandor, 2014); BLUE JASMINE (US, Woody Allen, 2013); COLOR PURPLE, THE (US, Steven Spielberg, 1985); DONNIE BRASCO (US, Mike Newell, 1997); LONG GOOGBYE, THE (US, Robert Altman, 1973); RAIN MAN (US, Barry Levinson, 1988); PASSENGER, THE (IT/SP/FR, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975); GLORIA (US, John Cassavetes, 1980); CONVERSATION, THE (US, Francis Ford Coppola, 1974); IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (US, Norman Jewison, 1967); KING OF COMEDY, THE (US, Martin Scorsese, 1983); SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, THE (UK, Martin Ritt, 1965); PINK PANTHER, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1964); SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (US, Alexander Mackendrick, 1957); PLACE IN THE SUN, A (US, George Stevens, 1951); LOLITA (US, Stanley Kubrick, 1962); TO BE OR NOT TO BE (US, Ernst Lubitsch, 1942); VERTIGO (US, Alfred Hitchcock, 1958); LION IN WINTER, THE (UK, Anthony Harvey, 1968); HIS GIRL FRIDAY (US, Howard Hawks, 1940); AWFUL TRUTH, THE (US, Leo McCarey, 1937); MEMBER OF THE WEDDING (US, Fred Zinnemann, 1952); DANGEROUS (US, Alfred E. Green, 1935); SUNRISE (US, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, 1927) Summary: "Examines the significance of women's participation in popular genres.
Analyses what makes an acting performance excellent, through a range of examples from world cinema. What actors do on-screen is a fascination for audiences all over the world. Indeed, the cultural visibility of movie stars is so pronounced that stardom has often been regarded as intrinsic to the medium's specificity. Yet not all great cinematic performances are star turns, and so, what really makes a cinematic performance good, interesting, or important has been a neglected topic in film criticism. This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force"--Page 4 of cover. Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 9781474417006 Contents: Intro -- Acknowledgments -- Close-up: great American performances -- Chapter 1 Ethel Waters in The Member of the Wedding -- Chapter 2 Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth -- Chapter 3 Cary Grant in His Girl Friday -- Chapter 4 Janet Gaynor in Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans -- Chapter 5 Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter -- Chapter 6 Bette Davis in Dangerous -- Chapter 7 James Stewart in Vertigo -- Chapter 8 Carole Lombard in To Be or Not to Be -- Chapter 9 James Mason in Lolita -- Chapter 10 Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun -- Chapter 11 Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success.
Chapter 12 Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther -- Chapter 13 Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold -- Chapter 14 Jerry Lewis in The King of Comedy -- Chapter 15 Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night -- Chapter 16 Gene Hackman in The Conversation -- Chapter 17 Gena Rowlands in Gloria -- Chapter 18 Jack Nicholson in The Passenger -- Chapter 19 Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man -- Chapter 20 Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye -- Chapter 21 Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco -- Chapter 22 Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple -- Chapter 23 Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine -- Chapter 24 Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year -- Chapter 25 Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria -- Index. More info