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Virtuoso - by Murray Pomerance (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 368

Sub-Genre: Acting & Auditioning

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Author: Murray Pomerance

Language: English

Street Date: May 16, 2019
TCIN: 76434322
UPC: 9781501350672
Item Number (DPCI): 248-67-2810


"In 44 epigrammatic chapters, Pomerance examines the work of literally hundreds of screen actors, capturing the essence of their performances in isolated gestures, speech patterns, facial expressions, and other bits of cinematic legerdemain ... The depth, range, and scope of this volume is stunning, as is the precision with which Pomerance unpacks these moments from more than a thousand films, shedding new light on the actor's craft. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"In this extraordinary volume, Murray Pomerance acts as something like a spirit guide to the mysteries of cinematic performance. The text conjures a pageant of gestures, voices, faces and moments that exemplify virtuosity, accompanied by critical reflection that is never less than compelling. Pomerance's prose is itself virtuosic: lucid, penetrating, brilliant. It asks questions we didn't know could be asked, and never resorts to easy answers. This makes the book essential reading, not just for scholars and students of film performance, but for anyone interested in the art and magic of the cinema." --Dr. Alex Clayton, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television, University of Bristol, UK

"From detailed examinations of such singular talents like James Dean and Cary Grant, to the subtler, fleeting, performative moments by virtuosos as varied as John Barrymore and Kristen Stewart, Murray Pomerance offers a new way of approaching, as well as a language for addressing, the riddling qualities of great film acting. What magic the actors explored in this book do with gesture, expression and inflexion, Pomerance does here with incisive description, analysis, and an often delightful turn of phrase." --Dr. Daniel Varndell, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Winchester, UK

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