Tolstoy explained it to us when he said that a true work of art was the transmission of a feeling experienced by the artist. The viewer, in turn, receives the work, and so experiences the same feeling. John Hurt is a great actor: we will watch a film, regardless of it’s style or subject matter, simply […]
“An audiovisual essay for Fandor exploring the idea of ambiguity in the films of Luchino Visconti. The accompanying notes can be found here.” By Pasquale Iannone.
Measuring out progress as a number is not an unreasonable thing to do. We take pride in adding another line to the CV at the end of a job, and clocking up the auditions makes us feel as though we are progressing towards our goal. However, we must also beware statistics too, because when they […]
Whether your career will be brilliant or not is not under your control. Whether you will be rich and famous isn’t either. But being dedicated to craft is. If you come to acting just to take, this dedication will seem incomprehensible to you. You will think the dedicated are fools, wasting their time because nobody […]
I recently watched an old, Italian giallo from the early 1980s, called A Blade In The Dark. It’s about a sound artist who is holed up in a country mansion in order to work on the soundtrack for a new movie. Strange things start happening, two of his neighbours go missing, he starts to hear […]
Somebody said we should measure improvement by the increase in volume of work we put out – ergo, if our volume is getting less and less then we are declining. Others have said that they don’t measure improvement at all, that for them, acting isn’t about that, and for others still they look at the […]
What happens if he doesn’t get it? I always taught that this was a key question when analyzing a script for action, as in: What does the protagonist want? What happens if he doesn’t get it? In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus wants to raise the plague on Theb…