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‘The Non-Actor’

A sprawling, eclectic series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center this winter surveys how filmmakers over the past century have invoked the notion of the “non-actor.” The crowd members Sergei Eisenstein cast because they already bore “a defined character passport”; the circus boy Roberto Rossellini put at the center of his grim study of a ruined, postwar Germany because he reminded the director of his late son; the nonprofessional rural Italians Pier Paolo Pasolini included in his radically stripped-down adaptation of St. Matthew’s gospel; the tennis instructor to whom the mischievous Catalan director Albert Serra gave the part of Don Quixote; the aging Cape Verdean immigrant at the center of Pedro Costa’s Colossal Youth: the impulse to draw on non-actors, this series suggests, has moved filmmakers for nearly a century and continues to figure in debates over realism, documentary, and the ethics and politics of filmmaking. 

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