July 31, 2011

Genre-bending Performances Stage/Screen

David Tennant, best known for playing The Doctor in Dr. Who & for portraying Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter, is an accomplished stage actor. PBS hosts the film version of the stage performance of Hamlet.

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Also, in the genre-bending performance category, Anna Deavere Smith's TED performance bridges the gap between a play and a film, as the performance takes place on a stage, in front of a large number of people, but that there is also a camera that takes close-ups images of her while she is performing.

Anna Deavere Smith: Four American characters | Video on

Do you classify these more as film pieces or a theater pieces? What elements of the performances make you feel this way? How do these elements make the performances work or not work for you?