Monday, July 16, 2007
I was watching "Sweet Bird Of Youth" yesterday night on DVD and I found it most interesting to compare Geraldine Page's acting and mannerism to Milt Kahl's animation of Medusa. It's research done the right way. Of course he analyzed her, since she was Medusa's voice, but the way he incorporated and CARICATURED her performance in this movie without copying it, is a masterpiece of animation. Do me a favor, rent it and check it out. There are so many similarities, her hands,her hair, her bare shoulders, her skin even, her jewelry, her acting, you will even find that odd "keeping-Paul-Newman-at-distance-with- the-help-of-a- leg"-gesture in there, but still it's all just used as a sprinboard, Medusa is in no way a caricature of Geraldine Page. This should be a lecture to all the mocap-guys out there: This is caricature of acting, of people, of actors-not a mere copy.
And on top of that, Geraldine Page's performance of "Being on the phone" is a masterpiece of acting in it's own right.
I will try to load this clip up on Youtube to explain more precisly, what I mean.