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Golden Age of Hollywood = Bad Acting

Meryl Streep mentioned this, and you know, she's completely right. The iconic films of Hollywood's heyday don't contain believable performances. No one spoke that way, nor presented themselves in the manner in which the actors were performing. Was this something that was taught to actors in stage schools? The affectations they would put on were ridiculous. I guess Hollywood really wanted to strive for complete fantasy all around, almost cartoony. I think it was the 60s onward where Hollywood finally chose to find realism, and actual grit -- presenting real people. Is this ever talked about? It's almost sacrilegious to call "Casablanca" poorly acted, but it is. The films of that era should be classified in such a way where they're branded "shitty performances". Don't get me wrong, the stories were great, and for the acting of that time, the performances were memorable -- but in a cartoonish manner. I don't think any of the actors of that generation would have survived in say the 1970s, 80s, 90s, all the way up to today if they were young and trying to break into the industry. They just aren't good enough. For a gay site, I'll wait for a complete meltdown over this. lmao


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