Lecoq and film

Authored by: Mark Evans

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138818422
eBook ISBN: 9781315745251
Adobe ISBN: 9781317594635


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Lecoq was always clear that his School was primarily a school for theatre artists; performance for film was not part of the curriculum. 1 Nonetheless, a number of graduates have established very successful careers within film. This chapter will look at the relationship between Lecoq’s teaching and the film work of several graduates in order to investigate how, why and in what ways the translation into film has been so effective. The film actors and makers interviewed for this chapter all studied at the Lecoq School; they include the director Julie Taymor (Lecoq School, 1969–70; films include Titus Andronicus, Frida, The Tempest, Across the Universe), and the actors Geoffrey Rush (Lecoq School, 1975–77; films include Shine, Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean, Quills, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Toby Jones (Lecoq School, 1989–1991; films include Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Frost/Nixon, Berberian Sound Studio) and Sergi López (Lecoq School, 1990–92; films include Dirty Pretty Things, Pan’s Labyrinth, Western, Harry un ami qui vous veut du bien).

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