Performance in the Cinema of Hal Hartley

by Steven Rawle


"The book's title somewhat belies its complex theoretical framework, since Rawle's conceptualisation of 'performance' goes far beyond physical acting, ambitiously opening the discussion onto how Hartley's characterizations convey performances of a sociopsychological or anthropological nature. Rawle supplements his textual analysis with illuminating quotations by Hartley. Such inclusions are well-measured and support their interpretations without giving excessive explanatory power to the filmmaker himself. Overall, Rawle's analysis of performance adopts a variety of theories that prove complementary. Rawle's book builds on its content, since he looks at Hartley's short films and features in considerably more detail. A rare contribution of a readable auteur-focused monograph to film performance studies." - Scope


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