How to Grow Taller
Of short stature and lacking the conventional handsome look of leading men, Edward G. Robinson nevertheless was one of the great male stars of the studio era. Along with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, he defined Hollywood's image of the tough guy for Depression-era audiences. Beginning his acting career in the theater, Robinson made his film debut in 1923 at age thirty in The Bright Shawl (1923). He became famous in 1931 in the archetypal gangster film Little Caesar, portraying the criminal Enrico Caesar Bandello, a hoodlum who rises to the top and then makes his inevitable fall.
Yes, I have been fortunate to take some exciting young clients out of the clinches of the larger management companies. Make no mistake, when the writers get hotter, the vultures will wine and dine my impressionable clients. I think the advantages of being small are as follows. . . . I don't answer to anyone other than my clients. I don't have a boss forcing me to service clients I think are hacks. I may join a large agency but I would rather just own one.
On 14 October 1991, eight months after the release of Lambs, Time magazine - which rarely puts film-makers on the cover and certainly not first-time film-makers - celebrated the release of Jodie Foster's directorial debut Little Man Tate (1991, USA) with a cover story Jodie Foster A Director is Born'. This unprecedented move for a leading news magazine indicates both the enormously high media profile Foster had achieved, and the somewhat exotic status of female movie directors in Hollywood. By this time, Lambs had already become a huge hit. With its 131 million revenues at the US box office, it was one of the ten top-grossing films of 1991, also earning another 142 million abroad. An even more astonishing success for this medium-budget thriller came at the Academy Awards ceremony the following spring the film won the five major awards (for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Adapted Screenplay), a feat which had only been achieved twice before since the Oscars' inception in...
Flattened, they turn sad and dismal, even tend to disappear. The beings who frequent them no longer have Visions at their disposal but instead seem reduced to an elementary sense of touch, like the deaf mutes of Land of Silence and Darkness, and walk close to the earth, following an uncertain line which only allows them a pause, a remnant of vision between two torments, to the rhythm of their steps or their monstrous feet. This is the tread of Kaspar Hauser in the professor's garden. This is Stroszek, with his dwarf and his whore, and his line of flight ligne de fuite from Germany towards a pitiable America. This is Nosferatu, who is treated in the opposite way to Murnau's character, caught in a uterine regression, a foetus reduced to its feeble body and to what it touches and sucks, who will only propagate himself in the universe in the form of his successor, a tiny point fleeing towards the horizon of a flat earth. This is Woyzeck, always reduced to his own Passion, where the earth,...
Although critics agree on the what (the comic outsider theme), they continue to offer various explanations of the why. Each theory holds a fragment of truth none explains it totally. As a sampling of critical opinions, Nancy Pogol situates Woody Allen in the tradition of the little man set upon by modern society, and she stresses his continuity with the silent movie greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.12 Annette Wernblad adds a specifically Jewish note by placing Allen in the tradition of the stock comic figure, the schlemiel, a much put-upon loser, that resurfaces in various forms in the fiction of American Jewish au-thors.13 In an earlier study, I even went beyond Jewish cultural roots to trace a relationship between Allen's view of the world and the stories of the Hebrew Bible, with God's continually warning the Israelites through the prophets that they were not living up to God's high expectations for them.14 Peter J. Bailey approaches the theme by looking at Allen as an...
To this period of all-purpose Nazi villains belong such variously glamorized spies as the little-man hero of Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), the quasi-documentary pitting the FBI against American Nazis the sportsman who stalks Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden to see if he can get a clear shot at him and then spends the rest of Lang's Man Hunt (1941) hounded by the vengeful German spies who honeycomb London and the newlyweds who spend their European honeymoon tracking down a missing agent in Above Suspicion (1943). The true Everyman, however, was Peter Lorre's resolutely unglamorous Dutch novelist beguiled into sordid international intrigue in The Mask ofDimitrios (1944), based on a tale by Eric Ambler (1909-1998), who had emerged together with Greene as the foremost espionage novelist of the 1930s.
You will always be required to slate on camera before your reading. This moment usually requires the actor to state his name directly to the camera. Many times, you will also be asked to give the name of your agent manager, your height, or the name of the role you are reading for. Just make sure that you are paying attention when the casting director tells you what information she would like in the slate. You do not want to have to re-slate because you did not provide the required information.
Louis Mazzini, serial killer and tenth Duke of Chalfont, emerges from jail, cleared of the murder for which he was about to hang. Waiting for him, along with two attractive rival widows, is a bowler-hatted little man from a popular magazine bidding for his memoirs. 'My memoirs ' murmurs Louis, the faintest spasm of panic ruffling his urbanity, and we cut to a pile of pages lying forgotten in the condemned cell the incriminating manuscript that occupied his supposed last hours on earth.
When you show up for either an initial call or a callback, a couple of standard events take place. In the waiting area you'll sign in and then fill out a small form (the size sheet ) that asks you about your height, weight, sizes, and such. At some point they may take a Polaroid of you and attach it to the size sheet.When your name is called you'll take those inside, along with your headshot. (Keep extra headshots on hand just in case another casting director spots you in the lobby and says, Do you have an extra headshot I'm casting for something you'd be perfect for. P.S. your picture should look like you.)
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