In the late 19th century, films emerged as a new art form. They have evolved since then to incorporate elements of theater. Films typically include larger sets, special effects, and more actors. Despite these differences, film and theater share many similarities. Many people see them as parallel universes. However, this book challenges the assumption that they are mutually exclusive. It explores how the relationship between these two arts has evolved over time, as well as how these two mediums have been influenced by each other.
Theatre and film are visual forms that can be enjoyed by anybody. Whether it’s a play or a film, everyone has their own unique emotional experience. While both can provide a sense of wonder, theater provides a more intimate experience. Unlike watching a movie, you can watch the actors perform as they play their roles on the stage. This allows you to feel a deeper connection to the characters.
Theater is an ancient form of art, originating in Greece. Greeks first used the word paraskene to describe the theatre. These performances were usually performed at sacred clan rituals. Aristotle described theater as a reaction to the mysteries of ancient Greece. Today, it’s often called “stage.” The chorus was the equivalent of the “score” in modern theater.
Actors in theatrical performances have to speak loudly, and they must exaggerate facial expressions and gestures. There is a lot of preparation before a show. During this time, the actor and the other cast members spend dozens of practice runs to become familiar with the role. If the performance is poorly done, the public will take notice.
For centuries, people had a hard time finding time to enjoy themselves. Theater and film helped fill the void. People would laugh, cry, and think carefully when they attended a performance. Performing artists earned a lot of money in the past.
Before film came along, actors like Mary Pickford and Buster Keaton acted in vaudeville. Today, performers use technology to add special effects to the performances. Also, films can reach a wider audience than theatre. Several plays, including “Frankenstein” and “War Horse,” have incorporated innovative theatrical techniques.
In addition to examining the history of the relationship between theater and film, the book includes selections from leading film and theatre scholars. Each section addresses a specific aspect of the production. Sections 3 through 5 focus on artists involved in the film production process.
Part 2 of the book focuses on Andre Bazin’s classic treatise on cinema. It also contains several essays on the influence of cultural traditions on the art forms. The book’s introduction offers a different approach to the debate on whether theater and film are separate or complementary.
Theater and film are both art forms that depend on each other. As a result, the relationship between them is both complex and ambiguous. Oftentimes, people choose between the two based on their own preferences.
Despite the many differences, both art forms share a common audience. Their audience is made up of both the performers and the audience. Usually, the audience is in a darkened room, observing the action on a screen.