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Actors as Conventions in the Films of Robert Altman

Maurice Yacowar
Cinema Journal
Vol. 20, No. 1, Special Issue on Film Acting (Autumn, 1980), pp. 14-28
DOI: 10.2307/1224968
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1224968
Page Count: 15
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Actors as Conventions in the Films of Robert Altman
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Abstract

Altman's use of an actor may be prompted by the director's personal response to the performer's image or nature or by his awareness of the performer's associations from other films or from real life. His purpose is continually to upset or to challenge his viewer's habitual responses.

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