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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    Acting in the Cinema
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Naremore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 316
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520071940
    ISBN 10: 0520071948
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    BISAC V2.8: PER004000
    BIC subject category V2: APF
    LC classification: PN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    B&T General Subject: 221
    Abridged Dewey: 791
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    BIC subject category V2: ANC
    Libri: I-PA
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 791.43028
    B&T Approval Code: C07520000
    DC22: 791.4302
    Thema V1.0: ATF, ATDC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 September 1990
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    James Naremore is director of the film studies program at Indiana University.
    Review quote
    "Each chapter is richly informed about the films and their various cultural intersections, so the reader has the sense of participating in a fascinating discussion that refuses the temptation of closure and eventually stops without concluding. If Naremore's book is, like the concept it describes, a bit of a baggy monster, it is well worth the encounter."--"Choice
    Review text
    A text on movie acting, to be read with handy VCR and cassettes stacked at your side, by the author of The Magic World of Orson Welles (1978). Naremore has many enjoyable passages in what in the end amounts to a laborious read. He begins with a history of the rhetoric of acting and how the earliest filmmakers attempted to break away from staginess and the proscenium. What happened is that acting in movies became a "parading of expertise" - an obvious "mastery, skill, or inventiveness that is implied in the normative use of the word performance." What he strives for, in opening up certain famous performances, is "an indirect commentary on the social and psychological foundations of identity" - a commentary about which many readers may say, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Meanwhile, they will enjoy his rich anatomizations of Lillian Gish's expertise in True Heart Susie, Charlie Chaplin's in The Gold Rush, Marlene Dietrich's in Morocco, James Cagney's in Angels with Dirty Faces, Katharine Hepburn's in Holiday, James Stewart's in Rear Window, Marlon Brando's in On the Waterfront, and Cary Grant's in North by Northwest, all of them marvelously alive under Naremore's psychoscope, which picks up practically cellular impressions of the actors' motives. Quite admirable detail - particularly about how Brando cleverly and sexily handles grieving Eva Marie Saint's glove in the playground scene, or even about Grant's bluish-gray socks as the airplane chases him in the crop-dusting sequence. Reading this is like waiting for a fastball that never comes, although the pitcher keeps you suckered by his reserve. Buy by all means - but be prepared. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    in this sensitive examination of the work of film acting, James Naremore develops a useful means of analyzing performance in the age of mechanical reproduction; at the same time, he reveals the ideological implications behind various on the screen can be linked to the presentation of self in society.