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Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor (Anatomy of an Actor, #3)
One of the most talented actresses of her generation, Meryl Streep provides a high benchmark by which others are measured. In films such as The Deer Hunter (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Mamma Mia (2008), and The Iron Lady (2010), Streep has astounded audiences with her ability to fully inhabit characters. She has received 17 Academy Award nominations and 27 Golden ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Phaidon Press
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Longworth's thesis is that Meryl Streep began her career as sort of a Trojan horse for feminism by coming into projects that didn't really have a place for a woman's point of view and building it into her part, and has now come into a stretch where, improbably, as a woman in her sixties, she is playing the parts that usually come to actresses in their twenties, namely the sexy romantic lead. To her credit, Longworth resists the urge to simply lionize Streep. Though she writes about "The Iron ...more
This was an interesting overview of Meryl Streep's career, but it reviewed ten of her films through a strictly feminist lens, which detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Also, it only went up to the Iron Lady, so it's missing a few more recent films. Still, worth a read for her many fans.
Karina Longworth is an American film critic, film blogger, radio personality, author,and journalist based in Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of the film culture blog Cinematical and formerly edited both Cinematical and the film blog SpoutBlog and, while living in New York, was heard regularly on the Public Radio International show The Takeaway. She is currently Film Editor and critic at ...more