Monday, November 24, 2008

Gettin' All Crotchety

"To save the theatre, the theatre must be destroyed, the actors and actresses must all die of the plague. They poison the air, they make art impossible. It is not drama that they play, but pieces for the theatre. We should return to the Greeks, play in the open air; the drama dies of stalls and boxes and evening dress, and people who come to digest their dinner."
- Eleonora Duse

This clip is from the silent film Cenere which would be the only record she would leave of herself in performance. When she saw it, she said, regarding film acting, "I made the same mistake that nearly everyone has made. But something quite different is needed. I am too old for it. Isn't it a pity?"

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