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Acting in the Cinema

Acting in the Cinema
Author: James Naremore
ISBN 13: 9780520071940
ISBN 10: 520071948
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1988-12-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 307
List Price: $33.95

A highly ambitious study, Acting in the Cinema has much to recommend it. It is scrupulously researched, lucidly written, and rich in insights, information, and details.... The single greatest strength of Naremore's study, however, its ability to capture the essence of each actor. Blessed with powers of observation and the ability to convey those powers in concise and evocative descriptive prose, Naremore at his best gives his readers not only the pleasure of recognition ('Ah, yes,' we tend to say, 'this is exactly what Cary Grant talks like, sounds like, acts like.') but the sense of discovery ('So that's how he does it!').' -- Arthur Noletti, Jr., FILM CRITICISM, vol. 13.

Library Journal

Rather than establish the norms and conventions of film acting as the background for his discussion, Naremore focuses his analyses on a group of films that, he argues, self-consciously thrusts questions of acting to the fore. While this approach enables him to differentiate one kind of performance from another, it leaves blurred the distinctions between script, camera, and acting. The book is more a series of intelligent discussions of individual star performances than a thorough analysis of the craft that the title seems to promise. Marshall Deutelbaum, Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette, Ind.