A groundbreaking collection of original essays, Stages of Reality establishes a new paradigm for understanding the relationship between stage and screen media. This comprehensive volume explores the significance of theatricality within critical discourse about cinema and television. Stages of Reality connects the theory and practice of cinematic theatricality through conceptual analyses and close readings of films including The Matrix and There Will be Blood. Contributors illuminate how this mode of address disrupts expectations surrounding cinematic form and content, evaluating strategies such as ostentatious performances, formal stagings, fragmentary montages, and methods of dialogue delivery and movement. Detailing connections between cinematic artifice and topics such as politics, gender, and genre, Stages of Reality allows readers to develop a clear sense of the multiple purposes and uses of theatricality in film.
Andre Loiselle is a professor in the Film Studies program and assistant vice-president (Academic) at Carleton University. Jeremy Maron is a doctoral candidate in the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University.
Introduction ANDRE LOISELLE and JEREMY MARON Part One Traces of Theatricality: Stage-to-Screen Adaptations * Self-Adaptation: Queer Theatricality in Brad Fraser's Leaving Metropolis and Robert Lepage's La face cachee de la lune SYLVAIN DUGUAY * Brechtian Television: Theatricality and Adaptation of the Stage Play BILLY SMART Part Two Cinematic Theatricality, Genre, and Gender * Cinema du Grand Guignol: Theatricality in the Horror Film ANDRE LOISELLE * 'I'll Show Them!' Creating Legal Spectacles in Revenge Cinema R.J. TOUGAS * The Ethics of Murder: Trial as Performance in the Maternal Melodrama BRENDA AUSTIN-SMITH * Theatricality in the Cleopatra Films: Women (or We Men?) of Power SARAH HATCHUEL Part Three The Politics of Cinematic Theatricality * Committed Theatricality SYLVIE BISSONNETTE * Theatrical Games and the Gift of a Fable: Performance vs. Reality in Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful JEREMY MARON Part Four Performance, Voice, Movement, and the Theatricality of Cinema * Playing to the Balcony: Screen Acting, Distance, and Cavellian Theatricality AARON TAYLOR * Bullet-Time, Becoming, and the Sway of Theatricality: Performance and Play in The Matrix BRUCE BARTON Selected Bibliography Contributors