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An introduction to the rise of 'the method' in screen acting of the 1940s and 50s

Course Dates: 21/11/20 - 28/11/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online

The visceral impact of Marlon Brando’s performance as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire changed the style of American screen acting. This course explores the acting techniques and psychological elements a new generation of American screen actors brought to cinema in the 1940s and 1950s, known as the Method.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

What is Method Acting? Where do its roots lie? The course will examine the practioners and how their teaching methods were employed by a group of actors under their tutelage who exploded on to the cinema screen with a new style of performance.

Course tutor: Graham Rinaldi.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Looking at the careers of Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Marlon Brando, Julie Harris and James Dean, we will consider how their use of the Method shaped the legacy of film performance to this day.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Have a better understanding of the background and components to Method acting and the practical techniques employed by the five actors.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed for all levels; to view, discuss and enjoy film acting technique.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Screenings of extracts from the actors’ films, along with discussing film analysis in a group. There will be an opportunity for the class to participate in Method acting exercises.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen and paper for notetaking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at www.citylit.ac.uk.

Tutor Biographies
Graham Rinaldi

Graham Rinaldi is a freelance film lecturer and writer. He is the author of the biography on the British comic actor, Will Hay and he is currently researching his next book, the acting career of David Bowie.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now finished

Course Code: HF188

Finished Sat, day, 21 Nov - 28 Nov '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £36.00

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