Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Acting! Brilliant!

Alright, why is it so hard to find a clip of SNL's Master Thespian online?  NBC, you have to stop blocking this content.  The world needs to be able to access silly Jon Lovitz clips sometimes. 

Anyhow, Norwegian artist Solve Sundsbo has shot a series of black and white still and video portraits focusing on the power of performance.  Titled "Fourteen Actors Acting: A Video Gallery of Classic Screen Types,"  the clips are meant to build a narrative in a single minute.   Sundsbo's subjects were a who's who of this year's talked about talent, a sort of mock-up of this year's Oscar pool.  Tilda Swinton, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Douglas, Javier Bardem, Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Lesley Manville (Another Year), Matt Damon, and Robert Duvall are all featured, some more impressive than others.    Swinton delivers a pretty great homage to Maria Falconetti's performance in Passion of Joan of Arc, displaying once again all the reasons that she's absolutely fabulous.  See them all at the New York Times gallery, here.

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