Wednesday, March 19, 2008

One actor, three characters

Interesting activity in today's film classes. We're working on analyzing acting as an element of meaning in film, so we looked at clips of three performances by Robert Duvall: unflappable Tom Hagen in The Godfather, cocky Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, and soul-searching Sonny in The Apostle. All three clips involved meals: Tom Hagen eating while Woltz screams at him, Kilgore enjoying a barbecue on the beach before bombing a Vietnamese village, Sonny eating shrimp during an awkward dinner date. It's amazing how Duvall seems to transform his voice and body to inhabit these very different roles, each character problematic in his own way.

....Which of these three dinners would I most want to share? I hope I'm never that hungry!

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