Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor Karina Longworth

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The ‘Anatomy of an Actor’ series takes ten roles by a single actor, each studied in a dedicated chapter, and identifies the key elements that made the performances exceptional – carefully examining the actor’s craft for both a professional audience and movie fans alike.

This new title explores the career of Meryl Streep (b.1949). One of the most talented actresses of her generation, Streep provides a high benchmark by which others are measured.

In films as diverse as The Deer Hunter (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Mamma Mia (2008) and her Oscar-winning turn as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2010), Streep has never failed to astound audiences with her ability to fully inhabit her characters.

An accessible text combines both a narrative and analytical dimension and is illustrated by 300 film stills, set photographs and film sequences. Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 270 x 210 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 192 pp
  • Illustrations: 300 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714866697

Karina Longworth is a film critic and journalist based in Los Angeles. She has contributed to LA Weekly, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Slate and other publications, and is the author of George Lucas (‘Masters of Cinema’, 2012) and of Al Pacino (‘Anatomy of an Actor’, 2013).

"Longworth's book functions both as a biography of a star and a theory of stardom. It is a nuanced, enviably readable work of cultural studies."—Slate

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