University of South Florida The Great Dictator Reaction on A Film please choose one of the following actors, and one of their films listed. Use only actors

University of South Florida The Great Dictator Reaction on A Film please choose one of the following actors, and one of their films listed. Use only actors and films listed. After viewing the film, share your reaction to the physical and vocal choices the actor made in the film, their level of commitment to creating a character, and how successfully believable was their performance. Did you believe their performance? If so, cite examples to help support your thoughts. The main objective of this response paper is to see the actor in the film through your eyes. This response is your reaction and not outside research is needed, however if you do include any research or outside quotes, you must cite properly. The minimum word length is 600 to 750 words but its fine to expand if you would like. This is to be turned in as a hard copy in class!

Lillian Gish: Broken Blossoms (1919), Way Down East (1920)

Max Schreck: Nosferatu (1922)

Harold Lloyd: Safety Last (1923)

Charlie Chaplin: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), The Great Dictator (1940)

Janet Gaynor: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), A Star Is Born (1937)

Buster Keaton: Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), The General (1927)

Louise Brooks: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Pandora’s Box (1929)

Bela Lugosi: Dracula (1931)

Boris Karloff: Frankenstein (1931)

Joan Crawford: Grand Hotel (1932)

Paul Muni: I Am A Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), Scarface (1932)

James Cagney: Public Enemy (1931), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), White Heat (1949)

Greta Garbo: Grand Hotel (1932), Ninotchka (1939)

Mae West: I’m No Angel (1933), She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Clark Gable: It Happened One Night (1934), Gone With the Wind (1939)

Claudette Colbert: It Happened One Night (1934), Imitation of Life (1934), Since You Went Away (1944)

Louise Beavers: Imitation of Life (1934)

Shirley Temple: Bright Eyes (1934), The Little Colonel (1935), Heidi (1937), The Little Princess (1939)

The Marx Brothers: Duck Soup (1933), A Night at The Opera (1935)

Gary Cooper: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Fred Astaire: Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936)

Ginger Rogers: Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), Stage Door (1937), I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)

Fredric March: A Star Is Born (1937)

Robert Donat: Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Charles Laughton: The Hunchback of Norte Dame (1939)

John Wayne: Stagecoach (1939), Red River (1948)

Katharine Hepburn: Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Adam’s Rib (1949)

Errol Flynn: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Gentleman Jim (1942)

Cary Grant: Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Notorious (1946)

James Stewart: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Destry Rides Again (1939)

Merle Oberon: Wuthering Heights (1939)

Lawrence Olivier: Wuthering Heights (1939), Rebecca (1940)

Vivien Leigh: Gone With the Wind (1939)

Hattie McDaniel: Gone With the Wind (1939) Since You Went Away (1944)

Marlene Dietrich: Destry Rides Again (1939)

Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr: Of Mice and Men (1939)

Bette Davis: Dark Victory (1939), The Little Foxes (1941), Now Voyager (1942)

Margaret Sullavan: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Irene Dunne: My Favorite Wife (1940), I Remember Mama (1948)

Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson: Rebecca (1940)

Humphrey Bogart: The Maltese Falcon (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Ingrid Bergman: Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946)

Henry Fonda: The Grapes of Wrath (1940), My Darling Clementine (1946)

Orson Welles: Citizen Kane (1941), The Third Man (1949)

Agnes Moorehead: Citizen Kane (1941), Since You Went Away (1944), Johnny Belinda (1948)

Greer Garson, Teresa Wright: Mrs Miniver (1942)

Ethel Waters: Cabin in the Sky (1943)

Gene Tierney: Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Lena Horne: Stormy Weather (1944)

Gregory Peck: Spellbound (1945), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)

Edward G. Robinson: Double Indemnity (1944), Key Largo (1948)

Lauren Bacall: To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946)

Barbara Stanwyck: Double Indemnity (1944), Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Robert Mitchum: Out of the Past (1947)

Edmund Gwenn: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Barbara Bel Geddes: I Remember Mama (1948)

Judy Garland: Easter Parade (1948)

John Wayne: Stagecoach (1939), Red River (1948)

Montgomery Clift: Red River (1948), The Heiress (1949)

Jane Wyman: Johnny Belinda (1948)

Spencer Tracy: Adam’s Rib (1949)

Olivia de Havilland: The Heiress (1949 Page < 3 of 3 o ZOOM + Overall, I would say that Merle Oberon did a great performance in the film Wuthering Heights as her character Cathy. Her non-verbal communication, tone of voice that varied throughout the movie depending on the mood, and commitment to character demonstrated the believability of her as an actress in this movie. At Allysu well written Excellent we good critical ol chsentiast exuples Page < 1 >
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Believability of Merle Oberon in Wuthering Heights
In the 1939 film, Wuthering Heights, Merle Oberon plays the character Cathy. Her
character Cathy Linton comes from a wealthy family living at Wuthering Heights. She falls in
love with Laurence Oliver’s character, Heathcliff, a poor boy her father had saved from the
streets whom she grew up with. Her character is introduced at the start of the film as a ghost
which is critical to her role as an actress; she needed to make the love very believable between
her and Heath in order to make her “phantom” appearance in the beginning of the movie
As an overview for the character of Cathy, Merle Oberon made her character carefree,
and almost aloof to an extent. She shows her levels of honesty by her eyes; if her eyes linger in
the eyes of the person she is speaking to, she is telling the truth. However, when she is being
dishonest or not completely sold by what another character is telling her, she looks off in the
distance instead of in their eyes. Also, in a compliant state, her voice is very soft, sweet, and
carefree. It is when she raises her voice that it is almost alarming to the audience, which in a way
works because it really makes you focus on her mood and expresses truly how upset she is at the
Merle Oberon establishes this love between her character and Heathcliff when they are
younger, particularly when they were spying at the dance at the house. She showed a lot of non-
verbal communication which went beyond just her lines that were written. Her eyes lingered into
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his, and she would look him up and down with a sense of awe and admiration, especially in this
Another moment when her character seemed believable was when she is arguing with
Heathcliff and pretending to not be in love with him, which occurred in multiple scenes. She tries
to act disgusted by him being dirty and “below” her status wise, but the way she gravitates
towards him instead of staying as far away as possible from him is a non-verbal cue that
emphasizes her love for her. Also, her eyes tell on her once more, and she seems to be physically
pained by the thought of having to go on without him.
I found the scene where Cathy is explaining to Ellen (Nelly) that she doesn’t belong in
heaven to be extremely critical to the plot of the story. Cathy is introduced as a ghost, and to
emphasize in the storyline that she didn’t believe in heaven or peace after death is extremely
important. Following this scene, she is completely devastated when she finds out that Heath has
gone and that she loves him and want to be with him. This is where I think her strengths and
commitment to character shined through. Her voice went from carefree and soft as previously
mentioned to completely petrified. She was screaming, and even laid out in the dirt on rocks in
the rain to highlight her level of disturbance at the thought of him being gone forever.
Probably the best scene to show Merle Oberon’s commitment to character and
believability is the scene where Cathy is dying. Her voice is not loud nor normal and soft like we
had seen throughout the movie, but instead is raspy and weak. Her eyes are watery but not in an
overdramatic way, which adds to the believability as well. This scene is so powerful because she
seems so enraptured by what is going on in the scene during the last moment we see her alive
and for me, this is what really sold me on her acting.

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