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    Caravaggio; Chagall; Dali

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  1. Yes, it's part of your work as an actor. Figure out why the character talks that way. Anger? Frustration? Boredom? General coarseness? World-weariness? Disillusionment? Wanting attention? For the shock value? Those are all potential motivations for the character. The motivation for you, the actor, is to find the truth behind those words (the subtext) and use your skills to illustrate that truth. Some Christians oppose acting at all, because it's pretending to be someone you're not. But not every untruth is a lie.
  2. A 31-minute edit of Jerry Lewis' infamous film has surfaced on Vimeo: Story here: My take: While the world might not have been ready in the early '70s for a film that took this kind of a risk, let's not forget that when Roberto Benigni did it, 25 years later, he won the flippin' Oscar.
  3. I don't think it's a dichotomy. The character is saying the words, and so is the actor. Their motivations, however, are different. If I play Hamlet, I'm not plotting to kill my uncle, or even to kill Hamlet's uncle. Hamlet is doing that. But we are both saying the words.
  4. Does nothing for me.
  5. That's actually encouraging. Perhaps we're the only nation afflicted with this particular strain of evangelicalism.
  6. 1 City Lights 2 The Kid 3 The Devil and Daniel Webster
  7. In other words, the black person who shows up out of nowhere to make the white people feel better. Takes them to Boston's New England Aquarium — and when they get inside, magically, it's the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta!
  8. Well, it appears that this time out, the writers want to address practical concerns about freedom of religion & religious expression, rather than a philosophical concern about the existence of God. What remains to be seen is whether they'll address those practical concerns in the same shallow, facile manner in which they addressed the philosophical one.
  9. Nice! I'll go on a crime spree in the Prius and inspire the cops to get Priuses themselves.
  10. Ah well. I suppose the challenge here would be finding an off-the-nose way of telling Jesse Owens' story. He did have a rather interesting life after the Olympics, including being kicked off the U.S. track team shortly after his victory, and supporting Alf Landon in the 1936 election because he felt he'd been snubbed by FDR...
  11. This year's 42? Except 42 got a lot of hype ... and I haven't heard diddly about this film.
  12. Some version or other of Les Miserables, methinks ... Title: Les MiserablesDirector: Lewis MilestoneYear: 1952Language: AnglaisIMDB Link: Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  13. The Merchant of Venice Director: Michael Radford Year: 2004Language: EnglishIMDB Link: YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Titus Director: Julie Taymor 1999 Language: EnglishIMDB Link: Link Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): (It's about the abnegation of mercy) Blade Runner Director: Ridley Scott Year: 1982Language: EnglishIMDB Link: Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  14. Should be an entertaining trial, especially the part where the Pure Flix attorney yells "Why do you hate God's Not Dead?" and D'Souza cracks up on the witness stand.
  15. It's screening at the Seattle International Film Festival. I may take my son, who's a big fan of the TV series.