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Scenic Routes: Anthony Hopkins soulfully disguised a big performance as a small one

In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean. “Over the years,” David Mamet writes in his slim volume On Directing Film, “I have observed that there are two subdivisions of the thespian’s art: one is called Acting, and the other is called Great Acting.” His argument is too lengthy to quote in full, but he’s decidedly a fan of Acting, not of Great Acting, defining the latter as ostentatious performances that encourage viewers to identify with the actor rather than the character.
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