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The full Pacino

Why has one of cinema's greatest actors descended into self-parody?

By David Wolf   February 2014

There is a peculiar difference between great acting in film and great acting on stage. Film has the unique power to create a figure who is not quite real, not quite fictional: the movie star. “An exemplary stage performance is one which, for a time, most fully creates a character,” wrote Stanley Cavell in his philosophical study of film, The World Viewed. “An exemplary screen performance is one in which, at a time, a star is born. After The Maltese Falcon we know a new star, only…

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