Category Archives: Actors

Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances: An Interview with Sam Schacht About Method Acting

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and finally last month it happened. I sat down with my old Actors Studio acting teacher Sam Schacht to get his perspective on “Method acting,” a term I hear bandied … Continue reading

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955); d. Nicholas Ray

For James Dean’s birthday: An essay I wrote about Rebel Without a Cause, when the new restoration was released theatrically in 2013. I first saw Rebel Without a Cause when I was the general age of the main characters in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Talullah Bankhead

That very well may be my favorite image in Image History. It’s from a scene in the extremely disturbing (even by modern standards) 1931 film The Cheat. Her character takes an upsetting phone-call during a costume party, where she un-ironically … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Emmanuelle Riva

Emmanuelle Riva, “Hiroshima Mon Amour” Celebrated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died at the age of 89. She made a huge splash in Alain Resnais’ 1959’s Hiroshima Mon Amour, an early French New Wave film, the New Wave that would … Continue reading

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R.I.P. John Hurt

The gravelly voice revealed the depth and width of his life experience. The gravelly voice had a surprising mellifluous quality surging through the roughness. The voice could sing, it could shout. It could break your heart. He did not come … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Paul Newman

Today is the great Paul Newman’s birthday. I am so glad that I grew up in a time when Paul Newman was still a leading man (and he was a leading man up until the very end). So I got … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore

Robert Redford told critic Leonard Maltin how he came to cast the perky spirited hilarious TV star Mary Tyler Moore as the cold-as-ice mother in Ordinary People: “I’ve always liked the idea of going off in casting, going off-center. Mary … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to My Favorite Actor, Archie Leach

As my friend Mitchell observed (in our conversation about Cary Grant – nee Archie Leach – linked to below): To this day, people say, “Oh so-and-so’s the new Cary Grant.” Cary Grant was acting in 1930. We’re talking 70 years … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936, written and illustrated by Edward Sorel

I reviewed this absolutely wonderful book for Rogerebert.com.

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The First Glimpse of The Guy Who Started It All

Age 13. Babysitting. Up later than I normally would be. East of Eden was on late-night television. I had never seen it. I don’t even know that I was aware of who James Dean was. And certainly not Elia Kazan. … Continue reading

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