How can we read film performance? While theorizing of the subject goes back at least to Pudovkin, it remains an under-examined area. The problems of isolating and evaluating the elements of performance within the film text, and concerns about the impressionistic and subjective nature of writing on the subject seems to have limited work on the field.
Using examples from the transatlantic career of James Mason, I will consider how film acting may be understood as a form of mediated performance. Detailed textual analysis of voice, body, gesture and expression will be considered in relation to aspects of film style and genre, as well as the wider social and cultural contexts of Britain and America in the 1940s and 1950s.
See you all on Thursday 18th! Arts One G34 at 5.30pm.
This week, Visiting Fellow Prof Christoph Lindner (Director of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam) will be on campus giving a graduate seminar and lecture on the topic of visual culture and global cities.
The seminar, entitled ‘Global Cities and Cultures of Fear: Cinema, Architecture and Urbanism’, will be held on Tuesday 9th October in Lock Keepers Cottage at 17:00. The lecture, ‘Slow Art and the Accelerated City: Amsterdam Street Views’ will be the next day, Wednesday 10th October in Arts Two at 18:00.
The lecture won’t discuss film specifically, but should be of interest to anyone thinking about cities and visual cultures. The seminar in particular is set to be an enjoyable and interdisciplinary forum, with MA students, PHD Candidates, and staff welcome from a variety of subject areas. More details are available on the screens and posters in Arts One.
We hope you’ve all had a lovely summer’s break and a good start to the year so far.
This is just a quick note to announce that the first meeting of Post Production will take place on Thursday 18th October at 5.30pm in G34 – so write it in your diaries!
More details to follow shortly and we’re looking forward to seeing you there.
Hollie and Jo