Silent Vs. Talking Pictures - Communications 150 February...

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Communications 150 February 2, 1999 Announcements: The first exam is Tuesday, Feb. 9. There is a review session Feb. 5 from 1 - 2:30 and on Feb. 8 from 7- 8:30. They are both in 113 Carnegie. Dr. Jordan handed out the review sheets. They contain 95% of what we need to know for the exam. Lecture Notes: I. Silent Vs. Talking Pictures Talking pictures distinguished the real from the phony stars The rise of sound depended on a different, more subtle style of acting than in silent movies II. Real/Phony: Gene Kelly In real life, he was a perfectionist, rehearsing dances all of the time In movies, he was portrayed as spontaneous, easy going, always bursting into song and dance Gene Kelly, the actor, effortlessly slips into the role of Gene Kelly, the star A. Singin in the Rain The movie compared the actor's studio biography with their real life background Gene Kelly plays Don Lockwood, who is a naturally talented singer, dancer, actor Lockwood is compared to Lina Lamont (Debbie Reynolds), who has no musical or acting ability The movie humanizes the complex way of making movies B. An American in Paris Kelly plays Jerry Mulligan, an American artist living in Paris Clip : He wakes up and erases a charcoal self portrait of himself and goes off singing and dancing with the children in the neighborhood
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He looks serious in the painting, which is how he is in real life Actors have 3 personalities: o actor o star o person Actors can be associated with certain parts Some actors are typecast, whereas others evolve III. Stars Who Evolve: Jimmy Stewart
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