What a performance! Exploring audiences’ responses to film acting

Ralph, Sarah and Barker, Martin (2015) What a performance! Exploring audiences’ responses to film acting. Participations, 12 (1). pp. 739-761. ISSN 1749-8716

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Abstract

The part played by acting in audiences’ responses to films is largely unexplored – but often assumed to be considerable. In this essay, we report on the results of a small research project into this, using the 1995 film The Usual Suspects as a focus and stimulus. Deliberately recruiting a mix of audiences, the project resulted in twelve discussion groups. Out of the responses of these groups, we explore the variety of ways in which acting plays a part within people’s responses, and outline a tentative model for theorising this relationship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: film acting,performance,the usual suspects,audience responses
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
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Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 09:00
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 00:05
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/53191
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