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Close-UpGreat Cinematic Performances Volume 2: International$
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Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417037

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417037.001.0001

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Close-up: great international performances

Close-up: great international performances

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(p.1) Close-up: great international performances
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Close-Up
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Kyle Stevens, Murray Pomerance
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417037.003.0001

Humans are storytelling creatures, and as, in the last century, the dominant medium for public narratives shifted from theater to cinema, cinema placed the fruits of performative labor before the eyes of the world in an unprecedented way. What actors do in front of the camera remains central to the attraction of cinema for audiences, and influences—even marks the standard for—performance styles in other audiovisual media. Indeed, one could go further: many of the figures discussed in the pages that follow became cultural and mythical icons in the global consciousness of their time. Audiences care about actors, the characters they create, and the responses they engender. Performances are even the reason some films are preserved. But beyond vague assertions about which performances are ineffably great, profoundly moving, hopelessly terrible, or cringe-worthy, relatively little discussion of what actors ...

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