Weekly musings on the arts and current events.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman

Two of my favorite Paul Newman films are "Absence of Malice" and "The Verdict". The latter is essential viewing for anyone interested in the craft of acting, especially his summation at the end of the trial. Both films are suffused with intelligence: every shot, every line of dialogue, every character, and every beat of the plot. I suppose that's what we came to expect from a Paul Newman film.

1 comment:

lorna said...

You inspire me to get a video of ”Absence of Malice.“ I'm wondering how you detect good acting. I watch ”An Evening At The Actors'Studio“ with James Lipton and all of those students, and I wonder how they feel when a new actress or actor comes on the stage and reveals that he/she never had any training and was spotted while bagging groceries at Ralph's Market.

There are many very fine actors and one of them is Gary Sinise, who can play all types without ever being Gary Sinise underneath it all.

Good actresses -- again, so many, but lately I love Cate Blanchett for the same reasons I like Gary Sinise.

I once went on a date with a fellow whose name I cannot remember any more, but we talked about this subject and he stayed in a Scottish accent all through the evening (because I asked him to).

Why is it that I do not get excited over Meryl Streep? Because I don't.