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Acting Techniques of Kutiyattam, Sanskrit Theatre of India

Year: 1980, 54 mins
Code: MS-Ind

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Farley Richmond gives a brief introduction. In Part I he demonstrates the basic body posture for male and female characters and explains a few simple physical movements. Part II examines the use of gesture as language and contains a filmed excerpt of a professional actor. In Part III Indian instructors demonstrate the eye exercises and facial expressions used to convey the emotions and sentiments of the characters. The section concludes with a master-teacher demonstrating how various facial expressions are combined with one symbolic gesture to produce a variety of different effects. 

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