History of Acting in American Cinema
A film seminar series starting Wednesday, May 17
Through screenings, lectures and discussions, this film series focuses on the history of acting in American cinema. Beginning with the Silent Era to the Present, the evolution of the actor is examined. Our exploration will include the star system, methods of acting, and the Hollywood Scandals.
May 17: Silent Film Period
The Silent Film Years created many changes in the American acting arena with the advent of the Motion Picture. A histrionic style of acting was continually debated and challenged from the realist film community. This period brought the celebrity status nationwide and massive popularity of the fan magazine. Films from Chaplin, Pickford, Fairbanks and more will show this exciting beginning of cinema and how it radically and rapidly changed the status and style of the American Actor.
May 31: The Talkies
Talking films killed the career of many actors just as it would prove successful for others. This period created a cumbersome transition for successful actors from the silent era. With film contingent upon the use of the actor's voice, a "Method" of acting permeated the United States primarily from the "Stanislavski System." The major decline of professional theatre begins.
June 14: The Glamour Queen
Hollywood cashed in with its presentation of The Glamour Queen, The Love Goddess, and The Bombshell which began primarily during the Golden Age of Cinema through the 50's. Many of these actresses realized and sustained their fame by the rise of the "Star Vehicle." This period include actresses Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and others.
June 28: The Masculine Actor and Method
Strasberg's method approach, operating from the Actor's Studio, contributed the alienated macho hero. A rebellious Hollywood reformulated a new type of leading man, such as Marlon Brando, James Dean, William Holden and Montgomery Clift.
July 12: Ultra-Realism
The last few decades show a raw natural approach to acting from various methods. At times excessive, actors subject their bodies and emotions to extreme methods taking 'natural' and 'realism' to a new level in American Cinema. The works of Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Robert Deniro, Robert Duvall and Dustin Hoffman are a few of the actors that will be examined.
Location: Studio for the Healing Arts (1611 Colley Ave, 2nd floor)
Time: 7:00pm every other Wednesday
Cost: $45 for 4 remaining sessions or $12 a session
Instructor: Antonio Zarro
Antonio Zarro owns and operates Zarro Acting Academy located in Historic Ghent. A member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), he has numerous acting credits including Major Motion Pictures, Television, Independent Films and Government Training Videos where they have often used him as a terrorist. As a director, Antonio Zarro, has won over 50 awards including an Academy Award, Telly, Addy and Cine Golden Eagle. He is a faculty member at Old Dominion University.