The essay focuses on two examples of ‘classic acting style’, a style of acting developed within commercial American filmmaking system before the revolution of the method. Stars and actors of the Golden Age were typecast: they were not supposed to play characters that were different from the ones they personally embodied. Greta Garbo always accepted to play Garbo but some stars, on the contrary, tried to fight against this practice. Ingrid Bergman, for instance, didn’t want to play herself: she wanted to be different each time she went on screen and tried to hide herself behind her characters.
Alberto Scandola insegna Storia e critica del cinema presso l’Università di Verona. Ha pubblicato saggi su diversi autori tra cui Ingmar Bergman, Marco Bellocchio, Nanni Moretti, Bernardo Bertolucci e Luigi Comencini. Tra le sue monografie Roman Polanski (2003), Marco Ferreri (2004), Ingmar Bergman. Il posto delle fragole (2008) e Ornella Muti (2009). firstname.lastname@example.org