Fourteen Actors Acting: A Video Gallery of Classic Screen Types

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last month, The New York Times Magazine published fourteen videos (directed by Solve Sundsbo) of well known actors of our day reigniting some of the classic film types of the past century.  These short films were silent save for the riveting musical compositions by Owen Pallett that add to the dramatic effect of the roles. In the accompanying slideshow, the actors reveal some of their inspirations.  Here are my favorites of the videos:

Javier Bardem

James Franco

Tilda Swinton

Michael Douglas

Leslie Manville

Robert Duvall

You can see all of these videos and the other eight at New York Times Magazine’s website.

Much of my inspiration acting-wise comes from body language, so I love that these films are silent (except, well, you can read Matt Damon’s lips in his video). The subtleties that can be conveyed in screen acting are a big part of why I am so drawn to it.  I find it quite interesting that the best videos came from the most seasoned actors. Their combination of life experience and a more practiced set of skills truly sets them apart from some of their younger counterparts.  It is my deepest hope that someday I will be able to join their ranks.

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