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Greenberg and Other Character Studies
Posted March 08, 2010 to photo album "Greenberg and Other Character Studies"
Noah Baumbach’s comedy Greenberg probes the psyche of a man in search of himself. We consider other films that study character.
Slide 8: Le Samouraï - Character as style
Raymond Durgnat said of Le Samouraïdirector Jean-Pierre Melville, “Melville has a way of watching, rather than sharing, his characters' perplexities. He seems not to mind what they do, provided it suits them.” Indeed Melville’s hit man Jeff Costello (Alain Delon) is less a person, as a collection of gestures and mannerisms. The character says very little, explains even less, but is nevertheless aware of every gesture he makes, from adjusting his hat in the mirror to handling a gun. Melville once explained, “There is a moment of truth in all my films. A man before a mirror means a stock-taking.” His character begins––and in many ways ends––with how he looks.