Book Review: 'The Actor as a Storyteller' by Bruce Miller

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The performance and suspension of disbelief from the book The Actor as a Story Teller by Bruce Miller. Technical stylistics can make any scene seem convincing. It is up to the actor, however, to make that scene come alive and to do so the actor has to be consistent in his behavior and mannerisms. Bruce Miller argues that directors of a movie or show can suspend the audience's belief in the reality of any possible scene. An ape for instance can climb the Twin Towers and make audiences gasp believing in the reality of the ape even though, of course, such a spectacle is extremely unlikely to happen. Other futuristic productions such as Spielberg's Jurassic Park or any one of Ray Bradbury's scientific tales can have the same effect. What is it that makes audience's suspend their belief and accept the reality of the movie? Argues Miller (p.31) that it is the consistency of the actor's approach throughout; that he is so able to sink into the character of the movie that he consistently comes across as such even when his face may be bundled for huge segments of the production as happened with Ralph Fiennes in "The English Patient". It seems to me that this acting consistency must be a factor that needs to be present in all sorts of productions, visual as non-visual. I am for instance reminded of the radio show of Wells "War of the Gods" in the 1950s where the retelling was so compelling and real that the people actually rushed out and packed preparing to flee the city in

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