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Method (2004)

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A celebrity actress who gets her dream role playing real-life 19th century serial killer Belle Gunness in a feature film, starts to take on the characteristics of the character both on-screen and off.

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Rebecca
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Jake Fields
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Timothy Stevens
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Mr. Hinkley
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Bethany Fields
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Asle
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Real-life Belle
Maria Pintea ...
Jenny
Marinela Chelaru ...
Agnes (as Marilena Chelaru)
Razvan Popa ...
John, the DP (as Popa Razvan)
Matthew Woodcutt ...
Banker (as Matthew [Mapps] Woodcutt)
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Rebecca Fairbanks is a movie star, a method actress making her first film in three years following a breakup with Jake Fields, her co-star in the new film. They're on location in Romania, Jake's new wife is with him, and Rebecca's stage mother, Mona, is close by monitoring Beka's every move. The film they're making is about a mass murderer in Indiana in the early twentieth century, who lured men to her farmhouse with a promise of marriage. Jake plays the widow's farmhand, lover, and partner in crime. As Rebecca gets deeper into her part, people around the set start to die. Who's the murderer? Is there a madness to her method? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Beauty can be a killer. There is a method to her madness... See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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24 June 2004 (Russia)  »

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In the UK this went straight to DVD. No theatrical release. See more »

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In a scene from the movie-within-the-movie, set in the 1900s, a traveling salesman is paid in modern currency. See more »

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Title Card: Belle Gunness, responsible for more than 40 murders, was never brought to justice.
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Mr. Strasberg Would be Apoplectic!
5 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The expression "method" was coined by the acting teacher Lee Strasberg to describe his unique interpretation of the acting techniques of the Russian director Constantin Stanislavsky. In the 1950s, Strasberg was the guru of the famed Actors Studio of New York where many great film actors honed their craft with the master. Strasberg's authoritarian style was legendary as he watched the actors perform scenes and monologues and then proceeded to psychoanalyze the actors and their choices.

Mr. Strasberg would be truly appalled by the trite and cliché-ridden "Method." The film seeks to weave two stories in a "play-within-a-play" style. Unfortunately, neither one of the stories is interesting, and the main problem is the script. Much of the dialogue was laughable. Also, the production values of this film seemed amateurish with special effects and scenes of violence that were not credible. Sadly, the good premise of a story about an actress who loses touch with reality and "becomes the character" was not realized, despite the good efforts of the cast.

The classic film "A Double Life" (1947) was successful in developing this premise as the actor playing Othello is so enmeshed within his character that he commits a real-life murder. The screenwriters for "A Double Life" were the brilliant team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, from whom the writers of "Method" could have learned a lesson worthy of the great teacher Lee Strasberg.


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