Movie Review : Film Stars Essay

1376 Words Dec 19th, 2016 6 Pages
Question 1 In this semester we read many interesting articles, but the reading which I find easiest to apply to real life was The Actor as Object of Desire, by Don Shewey. In passage one, the author details meeting their idol and getting the opportunity to become more connected or intimate with them, but turn the opportunity down instead because “intimacy pulls the plug” on the idealization of another human being. This is a very true statement in my mind. Actors, whether on stage or in film, are as human as they come, despite the masses’ attempts to put them on a pedestal. However, I find this more applicable to movie stars than theater artists.
Personally, when I see a film, I can ogle or sexualize the actors on the screen far easier than on the stage because, as passage eight says, it is a one way connection. Film is more pornographic than living, breathing actors on stage. Whether it be their characters on the screen or the polished personas on the red carpet, when it comes to movie stars we see only their image. While I suppose it is true that theatergoers besides myself may be able to apply that same idealization the the actors right in front of them, I cannot. When I see actors on stage it is so different than what I see in a movie theater. I have appreciation, respect, and critique for the living actors I see onstage because I know that they are in the same boat I am. I can appreciate the physical appeal of someone on stage, but I am also able to see the person…

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