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Holiday Bargain Matinee

November 28, 2013

Feature presentation at (2:00; 4:00); 6:00; 8:00; 10:00…

Today’s stage show has beenCanceled

Further reflections on actors acting…

I like to watch actors acting.

I like to watch Liv Ulman’s silent performance in Ingmar Bergman’s Persona.

I like to watch Glen Close unravel brilliantly in the last scene of Stephen Frears Dangerous Liaisons.

I like to watch Vanessa Redgrave’s quiet pitch perfect performance in Marlene Gorris’ Mrs. Dalloway.

I like to watch Phillipe Noiret choose life in Bertrand Tavernier’s Life And Nothing But.

I also like to read about the craft?

The Actor and the Target – Declan Donnellan

A Practical Handbook for the Actor – Intro. David Mamet

Sanford Meisner on Acting – Sanford Meisner & Sydney Pollack

Respect for Acting – Uta Hagen

Towards A Poor Theater – Jerzy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba

*  *  *

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.
 — Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)

Then again, there’s Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando in the back seat of a car in Elia Kazan’s On The Waterfront. Check out the venetian blind on the rear window.


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  1. isabelisa permalink

    Dangerous Liaisons is a favorite of mine . one of my top 10. John Malkovich is brilliant. How he manages to make me nearly forgive him in his last scene was astonishing.


    • Thanks isabelisa. And Stephen Frears is one of the most terrific director’s presently working. Really looking forward to seeing Philomena.


  2. Paul permalink

    Gee, It seems like you like to watch a lot, Ray. Should we in the Zone be worried?????


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