Theatrical Realism is an American film movement of the 1950s noted for its high aspirations - to create a significant 'art' cinema. Ironically, the films that comprise this movement are virtually forgotten today. Theatrical Realism is Hollywood's continuation of the Italian Neo-Realist movement. It was a direct result of the confluence of "Method Acting" as taught by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, the screen adaptations of plays by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and William Inge, and the Golden Age of Television.
Mario Beguiristain is Associate Professor of Film at Miami Dade College.
List of Illustrations; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; I. The Search for a Film Style; II. Realism in Film and Theatre; III. Theatrical Realism: The Genesis of a Film Style; IV. The Actors Studio and Hollywood; V. Five Representative Theatrical Realism Films: The Rose Tattoo, The Bachelor Party, Edge of the City, A Face in the Crowd, and The Pawnbroker; VI. The Iconography of Theatrical Realism; VII. Summary and Conclusions; Appendices A and B; Selected Bibliography; Index.