[AB#9] Television’s tortured misfits: Authenticity, method acting, and Americanness in the Midcentury

Bibliography

Schneider, M.A. (2016) ‘Television’s tortured misfits: Authenticity, method acting, and Americanness in the Midcentury “Slice-of-Life” anthology drama’, Journal of Film and Video, 68(3-4), p. 30

This article implies that method acting emphasizes personal experience, emotion, and imagination as a resource to characterise an actor. “Rather than acting a part, one must ‘live the part’” (Schneider, 2016). Method also implies that an actor has to behave based on their authentic instincts. Method gives actors an opportunity to inhabit a role and make a film hold integrity. Television’s Tortured Misfits achieves Americanness through authenticity. Authenticity is achieved performance of identity. Furthermore, Authenticity, method acting, and Americanness in the Mid-century explores how Americanness is achieved.

 

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