Page Header

Acting Styles of the British New Wave




Acting Styles of the British New Wave
 British New Wave cinema is typically associated with two groups of actors. One includes those with an established position (such as Peter Finch, Laurence Olivier or Dirk Bogarde), and the other those at the beginning of their film career. The latter group seems to be much more interesting in terms of their lives, background and their methods of work. Most of them come from a working-class, non-artistic background (from which the directors of New Wave films asked them to draw inspiration). However, all of them received a solid theatrical education. In this way, a unique collage of skills and experience was created, the elements of which produced a very interesting artistic result. This sheds new light on the phenomenon of the British New Wave: actors, graduates of renowned schools, known from the most famous theatres and troupes (such as the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Old Vic) end up in films where they are supposed to play characters from the lower social classes, speak their language and make reference to their own memories and background.


acting styles; British New Wave; Richard Harris; Richard Burton; Tom Courtenay

Full Text:


Anderson L., 1964, “Filmowy Serwis Prasowy”, is. 6.

Ashby J., 2001, ‘Th e Angry Man is Tired’: Albert Finney and 1960s British Cinema, in: British Stars and Stardom from Alma Taylor to Sean Connery, ed. B. Babington, Manchester.

BBC Programme Parkinson, 1973,> [Accessed: 23.10.2015].

Bordwell D., Th ompson K., 2010, Film Art: An Introduction, Polish translation by B. Rosińska, Warszawa.

Cottrell J., Cashin F., 1984, Richard Burton, Polish translation I. Tarłowska, Warszawa.

Courtenay T., 2000, Dear Tom. Letters from Home, London.

Darke Ch., 2011, Th e French New Wave, Chris%20Darke%20(4th%20ed).pdf> [Accessed: 05.10.2015].

Kosińska K., 2014, Kino Młodych Gniewnych, “Dialog” is. 12.

Lindsey R., 1994, Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me, New York.

Severo R., 2002, Richard Harris, Versatile And Volatile Star, 72, Dies,> [Accessed:13.10.2015]

Sheridan M., Galvin A., 2014, A Man Called Harris. Th e Life of Richard Harris, Stroud.

Skrzypczak P., 2002, Od pantomimy do Metody. Uwagi o ewolucji warsztatu aktora filmowego, “Kwartalnik Filmowy” is. 37–38.

Skwara J., 1965, Podróż do Ambrozji, “Film” is. 1.

Vincendeau G., 2000, Stars and Stardom in French Cinema, London.

Zucker C., 2001, In the Company of Actors. Refl ections on the Craft of Acting, Routledge.

PRESSto2AMUR - export


Abstract - 47 PDF (Polish) - 41



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2017