(Applause Books). A movement-based gudebook compendium, resource workbook, and practical manual for students, teachers, and theatre practitioners who are dedicated to the advancement of ensemble work. Using movement, text, sound, masks, and materials, these exercises are designed to instruct, provoke, and inspire participants to launch works that eventually transcend them.
This is the first book on enduring Hollywood star Eleanor Parker, long underrated despite three best actress Academy Award nominations (Caged, 1950; Detective Story, 1951; Interrupted Melody, 1955).
Author: Doug McClelland
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Performing Arts
This is the first book on enduring Hollywood star Eleanor Parker, long underrated despite three best actress Academy Award nominations (Caged, 1950; Detective Story, 1951; Interrupted Melody, 1955). Parker was a beauty as well as a versatile actress, and her achievements approach those of more publicized colleagues Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn. With Parker's blessing and her son Paul Clemens' cooperation, Doug McClelland has written one of the most thorough examinations of a film star's career. The book is valuable to librarians, academies, and film enthusiasts for its extensive documentation and analyses of all of Parker's work, for the bibliographies of her coverage in books and periodicals, for the portrait of a glamorous, creative era in filmmaking, and for the insights into the careers of Eleanor Parker's associates, many among the most heavily researched motion picture artists of cinema's "Golden Age." The book contains a forward by noted screenwriter William Ludwig, who won an Academy Award for Parker's Interrupted Melody, and afterword by Marjorie Lawrence, the opera singer whom Parker portrayed in Interrupted Melody, and photos of Eleanor Parker that show her in many of her "thousand faces."
Author: Olisa-Mequella Fushama Enrico - JohnsonPublish On: 2010
Joseph Campbell tells us that if you look closely at all cultures you find the story of "The Hero's Journey", the vehicle for my thesis project, a devised theatre piece titled A Thousand Faces: Everyday Heroes.
Author: Olisa-Mequella Fushama Enrico - Johnson
Joseph Campbell tells us that if you look closely at all cultures you find the story of "The Hero's Journey", the vehicle for my thesis project, a devised theatre piece titled A Thousand Faces: Everyday Heroes. Though the subject of A Thousand Faces is the exploration of "The Hero's Journey" the foundation of the work is the application of the pedagogical principles of Ritual Poetic Drama Within the African Continuum (RPDWAC) as outlined in the practices of my mentor Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, Assistant Professor of Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University Theatre (VCU). I apply RPDWAC pedagogical principles to Archetypes for the Actor/Singer (AFAS), a training methodology developed by Frankie Armstrong and another of my mentors, Professor of Voice and Speech and Head of Performance at VCU Theatre, Janet B. Rodgers. This paper outlines the process and performance of a class that combined these methodologies.
In Famous Actors of the Day, Louis E. Strang writes of Gillette: In spite of his success and facility in both farcical and melodramatic characters, Mr. Gillette is by no means a versatile actor. He is essentially the same in every part ...
Author: David MacGregor
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Sherlock Holmes: The Hero With a Thousand Faces ambitiously takes on the task of explaining the continued popularity of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective over the course of three centuries. In plays, films, TV shows, and other media, one generation after another has reimagined Holmes as a romantic hero, action hero, gentleman hero, recovering drug addict, weeping social crusader, high-functioning sociopath, and so on. In essence, Sherlock Holmes has become the blank slate upon which we write the heroic formula that best suits our time and place. Volume One looks at the social and cultural environment in which Sherlock Holmes came to fame. Victorian novelists like Anthony Trollope and William Thackeray had pointedly written "novels without a hero," because in their minds any well-ordered and well-mannered society would have no need for heroes or heroic behavior. Unfortunately, this was at odds with a reality in which criminals like Jack the Ripper stalked the streets and people didn't trust the police, who were generally regarded as corrupt and incompetent. Into this gap stepped the world's first consulting detective, an amateur reasoner of some repute by the name of Sherlock Holmes, who shot to fame in the pages of The Strand Magazine in 1891. When Conan Doyle proceeded to kill Holmes off in 1893, it was American playwright, director, and actor William Gillette who brought the character back to life in his 1899 play Sherlock Holmes, creating a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic with his romantic version of Holmes, and cementing his place as the definitive Sherlock Holmes until the late 1930s. By that point, Sherlock Holmes had developed a cult following who facetiously maintained that Holmes was a real person, formed clubs like The Baker Street Irregulars, and introduced the idea of cosplay to the embryonic world of fandom. These well-educated fanboys subsequently became the self-assigned protectors of Sherlock Holmes, anxious that their version of the character not be besmirched or defamed in any way. In spite of this, there was considerable besmirching and defaming to be seen in the early silent films featuring Sherlock Holmes, which effectively turned him into an action hero due to the lack of sound. When sound films took the industry by storm in the late 1920s, there were a numbers of pretenders who reached for the Sherlock Holmes crown, including Clive Brook, Reginald Owen, and Raymond Massey, but it took more than a decade before a new definitive Sherlock Holmes would be crowned in 1939 in the person of Basil Rathbone.
5 Depression : A Thousand Faces Did you ever see the movie Man of a Thousand Faces ? It's the story of the actor Lon Chaney and his rise to stardom . At a very early age , Lon Chaney learned to be very expressive because both of his ...
Good actors have a thousand faces and one must know them all to be the proper mirror—one for the other. Reaction is the language of the theatre. I have had the excitement, the challenge of doing many entertainments with Peter and I say ...
Author: Stephen D. Youngkin
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Often typecast as a menacing figure, Peter Lorre achieved Hollywood fame first as a featured player and later as a character actor, trademarking his screen performances with a delicately strung balance between good and evil. His portrayal of the child murderer in Fritz Lang's masterpiece M (1931) catapulted him to international fame. Lang said of Lorre: "He gave one of the best performances in film history and certainly the best in his life." Today, the Hungarian-born actor is also recognized for his riveting performances in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Casablanca (1942). Lorre arrived in America in 1934 expecting to shed his screen image as a villain. He even tried to lose his signature accent, but Hollywood repeatedly cast him as an outsider who hinted at things better left unknown. Seeking greater control over his career, Lorre established his own production company. His unofficial "graylisting" by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, however, left him with little work. He returned to Germany, where he co-authored, directed, and starred in the film Der Verlorene (The Lost One) in 1951. German audiences rejected Lorre's dark vision of their recent past, and the actor returned to America, wearily accepting roles that parodied his sinister movie personality.The first biography of this major actor, The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre draws upon more than three hundred interviews, including conversations with directors Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Frank Capra, and Rouben Mamoulian, who speak candidly about Lorre, both the man and the actor. Author Stephen D. Youngkin examines for the first time Lorre's pivotal relationship with German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, his experience as an émigré from Hitler's Germany, his battle with drug addiction, and his struggle with the choice between celebrity and intellectual respectability.Separating the enigmatic person from the persona long associated with one of classic Hollywood's most recognizable faces, The Lost One is the definitive account of a life triumphant and yet tragically riddled with many failed possibilities.
The career of actor Lon Chaney Sr., the Man of 1000 faces, is featured in this chronological pictorial history featuring stunning characters in hundreds of pictures from his many films.
Author: Forrest J. Ackerman
Publisher: James a Rock
Category: Performing Arts
The career of actor Lon Chaney Sr., the Man of 1000 faces, is featured in this chronological pictorial history featuring stunning characters in hundreds of pictures from his many films. A must for anyone interested in Chaney's films, special effects, makeup artistry, or the history of the Golden Era of Hollywood silent film making.
Twenty years ago, an actor needed only a black and white headshot and a resume to launch a career. ... Your marketing materials should be as professional as your work as an actor. ... Imagine looking at a thousand faces a day?
Author: Jon S. Robbins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Actor's Survival Guide: How to Make Your Way in Hollywood is a handbook and essential guide to the business of living and working as an actor in the Los Angeles area. Exploring the experience of relocating to L.A.; the casting process; and how to identify – and find work with – the key players in the film and television industry, the book offers a business-centered road map through the industry. It seeks to navigate the challenges and identify the pitfalls and wrong-turns that hinder too many promising careers and frustrate even the most dedicated of actors. In doing so, the book seeks to provide an extra-competitive edge of experience and know-how for those actors who have the skills and determination to persevere. This second edition features a number of new sections and topics including: Recent census data for the Los Angeles County Neighborhood Statistics Updates on casting diversity with the most recent SAG/AFTRA data Changes in contracts for film, television and stage, including information on AEA's new Hollywood Equity Waiver policy Details on new contracts for film, television and new media; ongoing contract negotiations for video game content; and the ramifications of the SAG/AFTRA merger The role of computer-generated images (CGI) and motion capture (MOCAP) Renewed emphasis on set safety, especially for stunt performers Audition workshops Recent prosecutions of casting directors for "Pay for Play" violations Emerging role of social media in an actor's marketing strategy Dos and don'ts of video self-taping of auditions Expanded glossary to include new media and performance capture vocabulary Written from the perspective of working actor and experienced career-guidance teacher Jon S. Robbins, this unique guide will help aspiring actors bridge the gap between training in drama schools and working in the epicentre of the film and television industries.
For both critics, it is impossible to differentiate between Deburau and Pierrot; the actor identifies entirely with his character. ... Now, these thousand actors, these thousand faces, these thousand grimaces, these thousand postures, ...
Author: Pratima Prasad
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The essays in Novel Stages examine the myriad intersections between drama and the novel in nineteenth-century France, a period when the two genres were in constant engagement with one another. The collection is unified by common intellectual concerns: the inscription of theatrical esthetics within the novel; the common practice among nineteenth-century novelists of adapting their works for the stage; and the novel's engagement with popular forms of theater. The essays provide insight into a specific aspect of the relationship between the theater and the novel in the nineteenth century. Their distinct perspectives form an overview of the literary landscape of nineteenth-century France, and demonstrate many ways in which all major nineteenth-century French novelists, including Hugo, Flaubert, Sand, and Zola, participated in the theatrical culture of their century.
An actor skilled at playing a variety of role types was known as a “ double - duty actor ” ( kaneru yakusha ) . He was , we might say , an actor with a thousand faces , able to transform himself instantly into a character who was male ...
Author: James R. Brandon
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864, is the third volume in a monumental new series-the first collection of kabuki play translations to be published in nearly a quarter of a century. Fifty-one plays, published in four volumes, vividly trace kabuki's changing relations to Japanese society during the premodern era. The fourteen plays translated in Volume 3, Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864, mark an extreme point in the development of kabuki dramaturgy. The plays are remarkable, even within kabuki, for their intense theatricality, gutsy individualism of character, cold-blooded and ferocious violence, realism pushed into fantasy and grotesquery, novelty for its own sake, sexual aggressiveness, and assertion of female will. The plays depict a society in extremis, the end of an era, a time often marked by unmitigated darkness and desire.
... this collective being who has more wit than Voltaire, Beaumarchais or Byron',10 the actor people that contains a thousand actors within it, a thousand faces, a thousand grimaces and a '.9 thousand postures.11 Their Deburau-people, ...
Author: Jacques Ranciere
Publisher: Verso Books
Rancière’s magnum opus on the aesthetic. Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis–Rancière’s definitive statement on the aesthetic–takes its reader from Dresden in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and Mallarmé to the Folies-Bergère, attend a lecture by Emerson, visit exhibitions in Paris and New York, factories in Berlin, and film sets in Moscow and Hollywood. Rancière uses these sites and events—some famous, others forgotten—to ask what becomes art and what comes of it. He shows how a regime of artistic perception and interpretation was constituted and transformed by erasing the specificities of the different arts, as well as the borders that separated them from ordinary experience. This incisive study provides a history of artistic modernity far removed from the conventional postures of modernism.
The epilogue for any myth involving the hero with a thousand faces is always brief. In legend, he returns home from his courageous wanderings and at last finds both honor and contentment in the contemplation of the great task ...
Author: Richard Schickel
Publisher: New Word City
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Here, Time's legendary film critic Richard Schickel profiles seven extraordinary actors, reading between their well-spoken lines: Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, James Cagney, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and Sir Lawrence Olivier. All of their lives, Schickel writes, could be made into an epic film.
CHANGING GOALS Your new goals may require something different from each actor in a group scene. From one, you want the same good level of performance ... Actors' insecurity has a thousand faces. DEMANDS AND FEEDBACK Often the director's ...
Author: Michael Rabiger
Publisher: CRC Press
Category: Performing Arts
This comprehensive manual has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to realize their artistic vision and produce well-constructed films. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career. Directing covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. The core of the book is the human, psychological, and technical knowledge that every director needs, the enduring elements of the craft that remain vital. Directing also provides an unusually clear view of the artistic process, particularly in working with actors and principle crew to achieve personally expressive storytelling and professionalism on any budget. Directing explores in detailed and applicable terms how to engage with the conceptual and authorial sides of filmmaking. Its eminently practical tools and exercises show how to: discover your artistic identity; develop credible and compelling stories with your cast and crew; and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style. The companion website includes teaching notes, dozens of practical hands-on projects and film study activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills, film analysis questionnaires, and all the essential production forms and logs. New to the fifth edition * Virtually every chapter has been revised, updated, and re-organized for a streamlined and integrated approach. * Expanded sections on the basics of drama, including thorough analyses of recent films * Discussions of the director’s approach to script analysis and development * New discussion exploring the elements of naturalistic and stylistic aesthetic approaches. * New discussion on the narrative power of lighting and the lens - including many recent film examples for shot size, perspective, focus and exposure * Greater emphasis on the implications of composition, mise-en-scène, continuity shooting and editing, long take shooting, point-of-view sequences, and camera handling * Expanded discussion of collaboration between the director and principle creative crew * Updated coverage of workflow and comparative advantages to digital or film acquisition * New section on film production safety, set protocol and etiquette
Author: June Skinner SawyersPublish On: 2012-03-31
He fervently supported the president's New Deal Actor ofa thousand faces, Paul Muni was one ofthe most respected thespians of his generation. From Al Capone to Louis Pasteur to Emile Zola to Benito Juarez, Muni didn't just play a part, ...
Author: June Skinner Sawyers
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The famous, the infamous, and the unjustly forgotten—all receive their due in this biographical dictionary of the people who have made Chicago one of the world’s great cities. Here are the life stories—provided in short, entertaining capsules—of Chicago’s cultural giants as well as the industrialists, architects, and politicians who literally gave shape to the city. Jane Addams, Al Capone, Willie Dixon, Harriet Monroe, Louis Sullivan, Bill Veeck, Harold Washington, and new additions Saul Bellow, Harry Caray, Del Close, Ann Landers, Walter Payton, Koko Taylor, and Studs Terkel—Chicago Portraits tells you why their names are inseparable from the city they called home.
oldest of his six sons, Mont (1902–1940), was by 1921 Valentino's sole makeup artist (the actor had been doing his own ... In England, Holland had been a versatile actor known as “The Man of a Thousand Faces” before actor Lon Chaney ...
Author: Adrienne L. McLean
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Movie buffs and film scholars alike often overlook the importance of makeup artists, hair stylists, and costumers. With precious few but notable exceptions, creative workers in these fields have received little public recognition, even when their artistry goes on to inspire worldwide fashion trends. From the acclaimed Behind the Silver Screen series, Costume, Makeup, and Hair charts the development of these three crafts in the American film industry from the 1890s to the present. Each chapter examines a different era in film history, revealing how the arts of cinematic costume, makeup, and hair, have continually adapted to new conditions, making the transitions from stage to screen, from monochrome to color, and from analog to digital. Together, the book’s contributors give us a remarkable glimpse into how these crafts foster creative collaboration and improvisation, often fashioning striking looks and ingenious effects out of limited materials. Costume, Makeup, and Hair not only considers these crafts in relation to a wide range of film genres, from sci-fi spectacles to period dramas, but also examines the role they have played in the larger marketplace for fashion and beauty products. Drawing on rare archival materials and lavish color illustrations, this volume provides readers with both a groundbreaking history of film industry labor and an appreciation of cinematic costume, makeup, and hairstyling as distinct art forms.
Exercises, Inspiration, and Guidance for the 21st Century Actor Marissa Chibás. creative practice is antithetical to the ... His book Hero of a Thousand Faces was the gateway to my mythic journey. Shortly after that I read Clarissa ...
Author: Marissa Chibás
Category: Performing Arts
In Mythic Imagination and the Actor, Marissa Chibás draws on over three decades of experience as a Latinx actor, writer, filmmaker, and teacher to offer an approach to acting that embraces collective imagination, archetypal work, and the mythic. The book begins with a comparative analysis between method acting and mythic acting, encouraging actors to push past the limits of singular life experience and move to a realm where imagination and metaphor thrive. In the context of mythic acting, the book explores awareness work, solo performance creation, the power of archetypes, character building exercises, creating a body/text connection, and how to be the detective of your own process. Through this inclusive guide for a new age of diverse performers traversing gender, ability, culture, and race, readers are able to move beyond their limits to a deep engagement with the infinite possibilities of rich imagination. The final chapter empowers and motivates artists to live healthfully within the practice and create a personal artistic vision plan. Written for actors and students of acting, American Drama, and film and theatre studies, Mythic Imagination and the Actor provides practical exercises and prompts to unlock and interpret an actor’s deepest creative sources.
What is a writer? The rocket scientist's answer is "A writer is someone who writes." Congretulations! You're right, but realistically a writer is much more than a one dimensional scribe pounding out words on a computer keyboard or pad or paper. A writer wears many hats or in theater terms, "A person with a thousand faces." Actor Lon Chaney was known as "the man of a thousand faces." A statement affirming the many roles he played as an actor. Writing is a synergistic process: i.e. all the small parts of writing contribute to the whole results of a finished book or articles. In thinking about the many faces (attributes) of a writer. I came up with 52. These faces represent all the attributes that contribute to the writer's skill and writing. They are the writer's DNA, My point is a writer is more than a writer of words. A writer or aspiring writer, you need to see yourself in light of these many faces (attributes). They will help you broaden your concept of the writing process and the dynamics at play during the process. As you read each face carefully, spend a few minutes thinking about how the attributes apply to you and your writing.
The Face in Close - Up having to play a sympathetic thief , plays the two terms , thief and sympathetic , at the same ... An actor like Lon Chaney ( " The Man with a Thousand Faces " ) made it a specialty in his short career , and in ...
Author: Angela Dalle Vacche
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
This collection of essays demonstrates the usefulness of looking at cinema with the analytical methods provided by art theory. The Visual Turn is a dialogue between art historians and film theorists from the silent period to the aftermath of World War II. Its aim is to broaden the horizons of film studies, while making students of art history more comfortable when they approach the key texts of classical film theory.