Week 3 - Doubt - v 2

Week 3 - Doubt - v 2 - Doubt (2008) Crew: Directed by John...

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Doubt (2008) Crew: Directed by John Patrick Shanley • Written by John Patrick Shanley • Produced by Scott Rudin • Music by Howard Shore • Cinematography by Roger Deakins • Film Editing by Dylan Tichenor • Distributed by Miramax Films Cast: Meryl Streep (Sister Aloysius Beauvier) • Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Father Brendan Flynn) • Amy Adams (Sister James) • Viola Davis (Mrs. Miller) • Joseph Foster (Donald Miller) • Alice Drummond (Sister Veronica) • Paulie Litt (Tommy Conroy) Running Time: 104 minutes When Mary Louise Streep entered the world on June 22, 1949, no one could have foreseen that she would become one of the greatest actresses of her time. But against formidable odds the woman now known as Meryl Streep has done precisely that: she boasts a resume of staggering breadth and depth and nearly unprecedented levels of critical acclaim. 2008’s Doubt , in which she gives an Oscar nominated performance as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, marked her twelfth nomination for Best Actress as well as her fifteenth overall Oscar nomination (not surprisingly, Streep holds the record for Oscar nominations). 1 . Furthermore, she shows no signs of slowing down. In an industry that makes very little space for actresses over forty, the longevity of Streep’s career alone is worthy of worship. And yet her appeal transcends even that of her indisputable actorly talent and the duration of her career. Of her own acting, Streep says, “I've cultivated a deliberate reluctance to investigate my own method of working. .I'm afraid of killing the goose…I’m afraid if I parse it I won’t be able to do it anymore.” 2 Her self-effacing rhetoric beguiles the public on a level distinct from that of her talent. Her great ability to disappear into each and every character while simultaneously remaining herself is uncanny. We both know her and do not know her and, for this, we love her. Meryl came of age in New Jersey where she and her two brothers were raised by her stay-at- home mother and pharmaceutical executive father. Both parents encouraged their daughter’s predisposition towards the arts—at the precocious age of 12, she briefly studied opera—while at the same time encouraging her investment in more quotidian pursuits. She eventually became Head Cheerleader and Homecoming Queen at her local high school. 3 After high school Streep attended Vassar College, where she majored in Drama, and subsequently received an M.F.A. from the prestigious Yale School of Drama.
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