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I, an Actress (1977)

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Student Barbara Lapsley had wanted a short film to launch her acting career, and the class at the San Francisco Art Institute obliged by staging a classic Hollywood screen test.

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One of the better films on the DVD...and it makes me wish George Kuchar had acted more in films.
3 May 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This George Kuchar film can be found in "American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 2"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird!

Barbara Lapsley was a young actress who agreed to make this film. It consists of her doing a monologue but is unusual because the director, Kuchar, appears on the film and gives her direction. It's is very interesting as you see the creative process AND because Kuchar was really good when he acted out her parts and giving her direction (frankly, he was better than she was and I wish he'd just done the reading or acted in more of his films). It's all very unusual but a great film for up and coming actors. And, oddly, is much more watchable than most of the films on the DVD. Difficult to rate but well worth seeing.


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