1. An old flame calls on New Years.

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  3. A video essay examining the subtleties of actors playing actors.

    This was partially inspired by Nick James' editorial in the January ’15 edition of Sight and Sound. James writes that ‘no film could be more focused on the intimacy of acting than Iñárritu’s riveting Birdman (…) you’ve got an actor (briefly) playing bad acting, a superhero movie star reaching towards a high-tone stage performance, and a Method actor who’s brilliant and an asshole; they’re all switching between playing themselves and playing their stage roles. When you think of how complicated the registers at play here are, it’s astonishing anyone tried to pull it off.'

    This got me thinking about all the times that actors change roles on screen, whether to deliver good or bad acting. While making this video, I noticed the intricacies of how actors can try, in this situation, to create the sense of spontaneity and therefore reminding us, as viewers, that the film we are watching is also rehearsed and scripted in the same way.

    This is particularly interesting in Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. We have Jerry Seinfeld playing Jerry Seinfeld playing Jerry Seinfeld in the Seinfeld clip and then during the CYE clip, Jerry Seinfeld playing a different Jerry Seinfeld playing the Jerry Seinfeld from…. Seinfeld (if that makes sense).

    Thanks for watching

    List of Actors in order:

    Sienna Miller and Toby Jones (playing Hitchcock): The Girl
    Julia Roberts: Notting Hill
    Matt LeBlanc: Friends (The Pilot)
    Richard E Grant: Withnail and I
    Kenneth Connor and Hugh Paddick: Blackadder III (Sense and Senility)
    Michael Keaton: Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Robin Williams: Mrs Doubtfire
    Dustin Hoffman: Tootsie
    Dick Shawn: The Producers
    Jim Carrey: Man on the Moon
    Eddie Murphy: Bowfinger
    Chris Lilley: Summer Heights High: Episode 1
    Larry Hankin: Seinfeld (The Pilot)
    Laura Linney: The Truman Show
    Gene Kelley and Donald O Connor: Singin’ in the Rain
    Philip Seymour Hoffman (playing a director): Synecdoche, New York
    Paul McGann: Withnail and I
    Catherine Zeta Jones and John Cusack: America’s Sweethearts
    Julianne Moore and Mark Wahlberg: Boogie Nights
    Steve Martin (playing a director): Bowfinger
    Martin Landau: Ed Wood
    Ricky Gervais: Extras (Sir Ian Mckellan)
    Dustin Hoffman: Tootsie
    Christine Baranski and Eddie Murphy (technically not ‘acting’): Bowfinger
    Michael Shannon: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
    Kate Winslet: Extras (Kate Winslet)
    Hugh Paddick: Blackadder III (Sense and Senility)
    Jeremy Irons (playing a director): Inland Empire
    Edward Norton: Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Richard Griffiths: About Time
    Rowan Atkinson (in here for fun): Blackadder III (Sense and Senility)
    Heather Graham (auditioning not rehearsing, I know): Bowfinger
    John Cassavetes: Rosemary’s Baby
    Miguel Ángel Silvestre: Sense* (Limbic Resonance)
    Dustin Hoffman: Tootsie
    Jeremy Piven, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry Hankin: Seinfeld (The Pilot)
    Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander: Curb Your Enthusiasm (Seinfeld)
    Keith Chegwin: Extras (Orlando Bloom)
    Gary Oldman and Matt Le Blanc: Friends (The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding)
    Naomi Watts and Laura Harring: Mulholland Drive
    Michael Keaton and Edward Norton: Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche: Clouds of Sils Maria
    Sir Ian McKellan: Extras (Sir Ian McKellan)
    Matt LeBlanc: Friends (The One with the Butt)
    Richard Dreyfuss: The Goodbye Girl
    Mark Whalberg, John C. Reilly and Luis Guzmán: Boogie Nights
    Adrian Grenier: Entourage (Aquamom)
    Gloria Swanson: Sunset Boulevard
    Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen: Singin’ in the Rain
    Willem Dafoe: Shadow of the Vampire
    Jean Dujardin: The Artist
    Beryl Reid and Susannah York: The Killing of Sister George
    Robert Downey Jr.: Chaplin
    Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen: Singin’ in the Rain
    Johnny Depp (playing Ed Wood): Ed Wood
    Vincent Price: Theatre of Blood
    Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow: Shakespeare in Love
    Brian Cox: Deadwood (Amateur Night)
    Mark Williams: Shakespeare in Love
    Alan Mowbray: My Darling Clementine
    Vincent Price: Theatre of Blood
    Richard Dreyfuss: The Goodbye Girl
    Victor Mature (not playing an actor but still performing): My Darling Clementine
    Charlton Heston: Hamlet
    Gwyneth Paltrow: Shakespeare in Love
    Robert De Niro: Hi Mom
    Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter: Burton and Taylor
    Orlando Bloom: Extras (Orlando Bloom)
    Ellen Burstyn: The Exorcist
    Chloë Grace Mortez: Clouds of Sils Maria
    Heath Ledger: I’m Not There
    Barbra Streisand: Funny Girl
    Laura Dern: Inland Empire
    Noah Emmerich: The Truman Show
    Adrian Grenier: Entourage (Neighbors)
    Bill Murray: Lost in Translation
    Bette Davis: All About Eve

    Clapping and ‘cut’ shots from:
    For Your Consideration
    I’m Not There
    Ed Wood
    Mulholland Drive
    Blackadder III (Sense and Senility) w/ Hugh Laurie
    Burton and Taylor
    Chaplin
    Shakespeare in Love

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