Always a pleasure to meet the folks at AT...
Very Good 'Beyond Repetition' session with Nicole Gaskell at the Actors' Temple today. I love the Meisner Technique in acting, it is so visceral and alive; and every time I practice it I am astonished at how many barriers we have constructed in our everyday lives to prevent our being truly connected to ourselves, and each other.
Always a pleasure to meet the folks at AT...
I recently posted about how my adventure into the world of dramatic art has led me into contact with many Italians, and how Italy has a great tradition of film making which is sometimes overlooked in the English speaking world with its focus on British and American cinema. My Wife and I are presently in Rome, which was the birthplace of Italian cinema, and it is easy to see why. One of the most photogenic, evocative and romantic places on Earth, Rome and her story have provided the backdrop for some truly memorable motion pictures. As an Actor, Film Maker and Fan of the Movies all my life, I could imagine Rome as a setting for every genre from ancient history, to love story to science fiction.
In this picture you are facing South East from the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, the Colosseum appears beside buildings of modern Rome, and gives a clue as to the fascinating conundrum which is the essence of this captivating and beautiful city.
She is called the 'Eternal City', and with good reason. Lively piazzas with designer label shops are surrounded by cobbled streets with myriad little outlets selling all kinds of curious things; and mercifully there are no giant, soulless supermarkets. People rush about their daily, frantic lives as they do in any great city, and the drivers and moped riders are, well... interesting!
At the Trevi Fountain there is a wonderful feeling of young love, while at the Spanish Steps, horse-drawn carriages stand in the square where Roman life converges; and all this happens in the same frame as the ancient history of a mighty empire, and the foundations of Christianity some two thousand years ago. Yet that story and its people today are all linked, almost as if the ghosts of her past walk among Rome's citizens today, creating something which for this English visitor, feels truly eternal...
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I could have got it for fifty-seven quid on Amazon. Instead I went to eBay and got it 'as new' for eleven pounds thirty pence! The expression: "shop around" springs to mind!
"Made it Ma! Top of the World!"
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I am pictured here with our Granddaughter, Alice, shortly after she came off stage from her first ever show! She was, (of course!), fabulous; as were her fellow performers.
Watching children perform on stage it is never long before you notice the 'naturals' whom others look to for their lead. And whenever I watch shows like this I am always mindful that not only do they allow the naturally talented ones to excel but, and perhaps even more poignantly, they create a space where the less confident child can come 'out of their shell' and start to believe that they too can be all they aspire to. I am also reminded of the debt we owe to all those little performing arts troupes up and down the country, where dedicated teachers are giving their time, often for free, to nurture the talents of the future in ways which will enrich them in whatever life path they ultimately follow. The youngest performer on stage today was three years old, and every performer deserved the applause they received from a packed house in Bishop's Stortford...
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Today I shall be attending a training session at a studio I first studied at some six years ago, the Actors Temple in London. My first experience of this venue was a nine-day 'Intensive' introduction to the Meisner Technique. 'Intensive' hardly does it justice. It was by far the most challenging course I have undertaken since I came into the world of acting; a kind of SAS Special Forces training for would be Thespians! I remember sobbing my heart out in a exercise on the final day, and yet felt I had released a part of my soul that had hitherto lain dormant all my life.
The course was lead by Simon Furness-Gibbon, whose style was sometimes confrontational, but always very challenging and thought-provoking; and it was something that Simon said that has remained with me ever since.
During an exercise I was taking part in, I commented to him about my family, saying: "out there, in real life...",
Simon immediately said: "This is real life in here, Clark"...
Of course, he was right. And his words lie at the very foundation of Sanford Meisner's wonderful technique. Actors do not pretend. They behave truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
I am looking forward to some 'Real Life' later today...
This is the official trailer to a film I worked on last year with Lines Pictures. It was an absolute joy to work with such a professional team under the inspirational direction of Pietro Pinto. My best wishes to everyone involved, and my hopes for the future success of the 'The Suicide' on the festival run...
"This is Eddie Bartlett".
"He used to be a bigshot..."
James Cagney and Gladys George in one of Hollywood's greatest endings!
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Colin is an outstanding Shakespearean Actor with whom I have been a Student several times.
I must say this looks really exciting...
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I have only recently learned of the passing of the Swiss Actor, Bruno Ganz. I will never forget taking our Son, who was at school at the time, to see Der Untergang, (Downfall), at the pictures; and being absolutely blown away by Ganz' colossal performance in the role of Adolf Hitler during his last days in the bunker beneath Berlin. If ever an Actor deserved to receive an Oscar, it was Ganz, for his part in this film; and I may add, that there were several others in Downfall who also gave magnificent performances.
Whilst he was not well known beyond the German speaking world, there is little doubt in my mind that we have lost a truly remarkable talent.
Bruno Ganz: March 22, 1941 - February 16, 2019.
Requiescat In Pace...
"Oh Scarlett, my men are barefooted now, and the snow in Virginia is deep. When I see them and I see the Yankees, coming and coming, always more and more..."
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