Ivan Mozzhukhin's Acting Style: Beyond the Kuleshov Effect

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While the Russian film actor Ivan Mozzhukhin has been recognized by film scholars such as Jean Mitry as one of the important actors of the silent screen the nature of his contributions has gone unexplained and, ironically, Mozzhukhin is perhaps best remembered for a lost experiment, presumably carried out by Lev Kuleshov around 1920, that showed how the editor can construct character emotions with shots of contextual objects. The historical record and scientific attempts to replicate the experiment indicate that we need to pay attention to Mozzhukhin’s role as performer and my study of his performances suggests that we may have to rethink long-held assumptions about the relationship between performer expressiveness and editing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProjections: The Journal for Movies and Mind
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)137-158
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - acting, editing, expressiveness, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Kuleshov effect, representation of emotions, style analysis

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