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March 10, 2010

Facial Expressions and bodily movements?

Filed under: Uncategorized —— powellclifton @ 11:01 am

While reading “From Stars” by Richard Dyer he explains how important it is for actors or actresses to use their body language. Dyer feels that an actor or actress should use all expressions. He refers to facial expressions and bodily movements and how it can change a way a character is depicted. I also feel it is important for actors and actresses to use different facial expressions because it gives the character emotion. In order for an audience to understand the characters personality it has to show emotions.  Actors and actresses have to use facial expressions and gestures in order to communicate a range of ideas and emotions about their character. For instance, in the film “Jerry Maguire” Tom Cruise used extreme facial expressions and different bodily movements to convey to the audience what his character was about. Without the use of his crazy bodily movements and facial expressions the audience probably would not have been able to completely understand what his “crazed sports agent” character was depicting.

 Dyer also explains, while an actor is performing they should not just memorize a script because it would be very hard for the audience to connect themselves with the character the actor or actress is trying to fit into. The many different expressions and body movements communicates directly with the audience because it tells what a person may be thinking or doing.  While reading Dyer I asked myself what the great film “Scarface” would be like if Al Pacino did not use his phenomenal facial expressions and rear bodily movements. The facial expressions, gestures, and various bodily movements Al Pacino used made the character “Tony Montana” the center piece of the film. Without the use of the middle finger Al Pacino constantly used or his cocaine addicted facial expressions, the film most likely would have not been as brilliant as it is.

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