Modern Acting: Stage and Screen
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Chapter 11 challenges the idea that actors in the 1930s and 1940s approached stage and screen performances in entirely different ways. Drawing on actors’ oral histories, Lillian Albertson’s Motion Picture Acting, and Josephine Dillon’s Modern Acting: A Guide for Stage, Screen and Radio, the chapter provides additional information about the Modern acting strategies used by leading actors of the period. It also clarifies the minor adjustments required when working in film, which actors compared to modifications they used when performing in different types of theatre spaces. In their view, film acting had nothing to do with personal expression, but instead opened up a new register of expression involving physical and vocal choices suited to the character, the scene, the framing, and the recording conditions.