||Comparative studies of film acting
between America, Europe, and Japan
> Research Organization
||The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Research
> The Objectives
of the Study
This year, I will focus my research on American
and European films. I will first analyze the art of film acting
in Alfred Hitchcock’s films. I will then compare Hitchcock’s
works with the French new wave films from the point of view of filmed
In Hitchcock’s works, the performers’ actions include
several devices that are peculiar to film. These devices are relatively
invisible, but they serve to intensify suspense and attract the
audience’s attention to what is going on in the future scenario.
Since the French new wave directors have been deeply influenced
by Hitchcock, they also examine the ways of filming performances
in their own works. Compared to Hitchcock, however, they tend to
make all the devices much more visible and problematize the connection
between actors, roles, and audiences (cf. J. L. Godard).
By drawing a comparison between Hitchcock and the French new wave
from the viewpoint of their different methods of directing performers,
I will demonstrate the precise meaning of the transition from classical
to modern in the history of cinema.
for This Year
Although various studies of stardom or the studies
of specific actors/actresses/works already exist , there are no
comprehensive studies on the art of film acting.
To establish methodologies for analyzing film acting, I will examine
film (DVD) materials including significant acting, consider primary/secondary
sources including a fragmentary description of filmed performances,
and evaluate contemporary audiences’ reviews on performers.