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III. Analytical-synthesized search. Task 1. These are names and surnames of famous actors

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Task 1. These are names and surnames of famous actors. Are they familiar to you?


A.Match the names with their surnames. Find information about these actors and be ready to share it with your group mates.


1) Clint a) Nicholson

2) Jack b) Chaplin

3) Woody c) Allen

4) Meryl d) De Niro

5) Tom e) Cruise

6) Robert f) Monroe

7) Marilyn g) Eastwood

8) Charlie h) Foster

9) Jodie i) Streep




Who is who? Match the names of actors, actresses, directors with their photos.

C.Match the information about these famous people with their names.


1. American screenwriter, director, and actor who developed a reputation for comedic genius by exploring issues of love and death through neurotic, guilt-ridden characters. One who began his career as a joke writer for established comics. Starting in 1961 he performed his own routines in New York City clubs, college campuses, and on records. He moved from stand-up comedy to screenwriting and acting in 1965, subsequently creating and appearing in numerous films. In addition to comedy, he has released serious films, and experiments with innovative cinematic techniques. (_____ _____)

2. This person became a movie star in the “Western A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) and gained further fame in the 1970s in the role of rogue police officer Dirty Harry. This person later became a highly successful producer and director, winning Academy Awards for his direction of “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), both of which also won the Oscar for best picture. (_____ _____)

3. This person is one of the most famous American motion-picture actors of all time, although she made only a small number of films. Her early comedies include “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) and “The Seven Year Itch” (1955). This person also played more serious roles in such films as “Bus Stop” (1956) and “The Misfits” (1961), the latter written by the playwright Arthur Miller. This person has become a lasting symbol of 1950s America. (_____ _____)

4. American actor who built a reputation for brilliant portrayals of passionate, complex figures in dramatic movies. Her filmography includes serious roles in popular films such as “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), “Silkwood” (1983), and “Out of Africa” (1985). She earned Academy Awards for her work in Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice. In the late 1980s and early 1990s this person also played comedic roles, further demonstrating the versatility of her acting talent. (_____ _____)

5. American actor who became known for playing characters who at first seem friendly but who later reveal a dark and at times evil bent. This person enjoys taking on challenging roles and often chooses films to work with the actors and directors he most admires. He rose to prominence portraying a carefree and alcoholic southern lawyer in the film “Easy Rider” (1969). Among many other successes, this person earned Academy Awards for his roles in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Terms of Endearment” (1983), and “As Good As It Gets” (1997). (_____ _____)

6. American motion-picture actor who is considered one of the best actors of his generation for his intense portrayals of volatile characters. His collaborations with American director Martin Scorsese, which include “Mean Streets” (1973), “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Raging Bull” (1980), “The King of Comedy” (1983), and “GoodFellas” (1990), have resulted in some of his most critically praised performances. (_____ _____)

7. American actor who has portrayed a wide range of characters since his film career began in the early 1980s. He played a suburban teenager in “Risky Business” (1983), received praise for his performance as a paraplegic veteran in “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989), and played a vampire in the 1994 film “Interview with a Vampire”. (_____ _____)

8. This actor was an English actor, director, producer, and composer. He is best remembered as “the Tramp,” a character he immortalized in more than 70 motion pictures beginning in 1914. His gift was his ability to touch his audience deeply while playing the childlike clown. (_____ _____)

9. American actor who has starred in over 30 films since she began acting at the age of seven. She won an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Accused” (1988), and won her second Academy Award in 1992 for her role in “The Silence of the Lambs”. As Clarice Starling, a rookie FBI agent trying to find a serial killer in “The Silence of the Lambs”, she won critical acclaim for deftly communicating her character’s strength and intelligence. (_____ _____)



Task 2.Read the following text and be ready to discuss it.


A.Be sure that you know all the highlighted words. Try to remember and use them in your speech.


B.While reading the text decide all the advantages and disadvantages of being an actor. Fill in the following chart.

Being an Actor
Advantages Disadvantage




The whole day from the moment you get up to the moment you hit the sackis like no other. If anything it's like some peculiar birthday. Everybody is extremely nice to you. There will be telegrams and cards possibly presents and flowers. Your dressing room begins to resemble a hospital ward or a funeral parlour.Whether the director has called you in or not you're unlikely to be able to resist the magnetic pull of the theatre.You'll pick at your lunch.You'll drink many cups of black coffee.

There will be a number of people in the audience most of whom will have seen it before when they didn't laugh. Now they won't laugh again. Those who haven't seen it before won't laugh either or if they do, it'll be in quite the wrong place. The play will seem to last eight and a half hours. You will barely be thinking of your performance because you're haunted bythe fact that the lighting plan appears to have been designed by Rembrandt. You can't see your fellow actors so how can the audience? All in all, you just long forthe whole thing to be over.

Theatre auditionsgenerally take place in the auditorium of a theatre other than the one in which the play will go on. The director, the assistant director, the casting agent, possibly the theatre's artistic director, probably the producer are all lounging in the stallswith their feet on the back of the seat in front. There are twenty or thirty plastic cups with cigarette butts lying in an inch of coffee littering the aisles. The air is thick with smoke and raucous laughter.The director has been telling a joke. About the previous actor you think darkly and they'll have a little joke about you too when you've gone. People leap upto greet you, the casting director introduces you to everyone, you shake the director as firmly by the hand as you can without betraying your tension.Your voice is trembling oddly. You long for a cigarette even though you don't smoke but you don't take the one offered to you because it might seem unprofessionaland your mouth is already so dry that it's painful to swallow.


"You deserve a rest." No. The only thing I deserve, I hope is a job. If you have a job a few weeks hence, then a gap of a few weeks will be most welcome. But any time, any day not working and without the prospect of work, is dead time, grey time anxious and haunted times. You could learn German, take driving lessons, night classes in the History of Art. No, you couldn't. Even if you've got any money, which is unlikely, it's impossible to settle to anything. There's something wrong, something missing.


C.Discuss the following points.


· Is being an actor a vocation or can anybody do this? Does it require special education? Why?

· Every day an actor / actress has to strain his / her every nerve, doesn`t he /she?

· Have you ever thought of becoming an actor? Why?


Task 3. You are going to read a magazine article in which four actors talk about their profession.


A.Be sure that you know all the highlighted words. Try to remember and use them in your speech.


B.While reading the article decide the way these actors started their careers.



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