La performance des rôles de gros durs : un modèle de masculinité réinventé par Harvey Keitel et Rod Steiger

Abstract : Harvey Keitel and Rod Steiger’s performances reinvent the models of traditional masculinity and shed a new light on tough-guy roles in American film. Their emotional performances, their psycho-physical approach and their focus on objectives and circumstances open up new perspectives on gender and genre and lead to a deconstruction of the standard notions of genre. Keitel has become an iconic actor of independent cinema, by helping new directors and actors; and stands out with intense performances, which explore the darkest sides of humanity. Steiger excels in showing solitude, ambiguity and ambivalence, and acts various parts, such as Napoleon, Mussolini or Al Capone. Both actors study the American interpretation of Stanislavsky’s Method, and choose to become character-actors, rather than stars. Indeed, their inner acting primarily relies on the creation of a character, keeping in mind the complex relationship between Moi social and Moi créateur, and leaving aside their concern for their own image as actors. Through the detailed analysis of their performances in different genre movies, it comes to light that comedy, romance and drama allow the actors to free their performance from masculine stereotypes and to express their imagination as auteurs.
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Beatrice Flamenbaum. La performance des rôles de gros durs : un modèle de masculinité réinventé par Harvey Keitel et Rod Steiger. Littératures. Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille III, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015LIL30030⟩. ⟨tel-01618704⟩

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