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Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor Hardcover – January 6, 2014
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Karina Longworth's MERYL STREEP, ANATOMY OF AN ACTOR is part of the CAHIERS DU CINEMA series, which examines the career and craft of oustanding actors. (Other volumes have focused on Pacino, Brando, etc.). Longworth's book explores and analyzes Streep's career development by focusing on ten iconic films, detailing the who-what-where-why-and-how of Steep's involvement and performance. The films include KRAMER VS KRAMER, SILKWOOD, OUT OF AFRICA, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTRY and THE IRON LADY. Longworth interweaves biographical details with the film criticism to present a multui-layered portrait of the woman and the actress. The book combines probing, insightful narrative, comments from Streep and her co-stars/directors/etc. and a nice mix of b&w and color photographs.
Film buffs will enjoy Longsworth's book. It's certainly a step above - a big step above - most "The Films of XX" books. It's revealing and informative and helps unlock keys behind the work of a great actress. Recommended.
I have always had the same attraction to Streep's work that I have had to Laurence Olivier's. It's fascinating to watch them in action, seeing the obvious intelligence behind the work and marveling at their performance. Yet there's inevitably the realization that they're ACTING - technique, technique, technique! - versus being the character. FYI.
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Finally, film critic Karina Longworth, who has moved from movie blogging in New York, to long-form criticism at the LA Weekly and Village Voice Media, to book author, has managed to nail Streep down. Longworth's third contribution to the Cahiers du Cinema/Phaidon series --the first was on Master of Cinema George Lucas, followed by an Anatomy of an Actor book on Al Pacino-- takes a straightforward deep dive into ten iconic Meryl Streep characters, from the start of her career through her rich middle-age blossoming, accompanied by glossy color photos. Longworth argues that "serving up a corrective to the patriarchal version of history has been the major project of Streep's acting career." At the end of her introduction Longworth concludes: "In playing and thereby giving voice to the voiceless, she has again and again authored alternative historical fiction from a female point-of-view. That's more than speaking to feminism, it's enacting feminism."
The book is a pleasurable and enlightening read. No heavy plowing required. ---Anne Thompson
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I love it so much!!!!!
Nice pictures but there's no new pictures...most of them are available in the internet but nevertheless, the book is very well written. =)