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Films: extra vocabulary

Here’s some extra vocabulary on the subject of films:

To play the part of: to perform in a play, film etc as a particular character. In his early movies James Mason always played the part of the bad guy.

 

As: if someone is in a play or film as a particular character, they act the part of that character. What did you think of Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth the First?

 

To portray: to act the part of someone in a way that gives a particular idea of their character. Sean Connery portrays James Bond as a man of action who can be both ruthless and compassionate.

 

To star: if a play or film stars someone, they are the most important actor in it. Our film this evening is “Midnight Cowboy”, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.

 

To co-star: if a play or film co-stars two or more people, they are equally important actors in it. The film co-stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

 

To feature: if a play or film features someone, they are an important actor in it but not the most important actor. The play features two promising young actresses.

 

To star in: to be the most important actor in a play or film. Marilyn Monroe starred in “Bus Stop” and “Some Like It Hot”.

 

Cast: all the actors and actresses in a play, film, etc. Films like “Ben Hur” were made with a cast of thousands.

 

To overact: to perform with too much emotion or movement. I thought the man who played the mad scientist overacted the part a little.

Finally, some idiomatic expressions as well:

Song (x2)         rhyme              plot                  stage (x2)                     act (x2)

 

 

1. The director told Palmer to get his ……………………….. together and start working harder, or he would lose his part in the film.

 

2. The company, which was once a giant amongst film studios, was in the end sold for a(n)……………………………… .

 

3. Her films were great in the ‘80s, but she seems to have completely lost the ……………………… nowadays.

 

4. He donates much of his money to charity –but he never makes a(n) ……………………….. and dance about it.

 

5. There is no ………………………. or reason to the way his mood changes –he’s so unpredictable.

 

6. It is time to question the writers that have held the ……………………………. for so long, and look for younger talented novelists.

 

7. The new theatre manager has a hard ………………………………. to follow, his predecessor having increased ticket sales by 60% in recent years.

 

8. The innovative sound of jazz set the ………………………………. for the development of modern popular music.

 

1. When you get your act together, you organize your life or your affairs so that you are able to achieve what you want or to deal with something effectively.

2. If you buy something for a song, you buy it for much less than its real value. If something is sold for a song, it is sold for much less than its real value.

3. To lose the plot; to become crazy

4. A song and dance is a long and often repeated story or explanation.

5. If you say that someone does something without rhyme or reason, you mean that they do it although there is no logical explanation.

6. To hold the stage; to be the center of attention

7. Someone or something might be said to be a hard/tough act to follow if they are very good and will therefore be difficult for others to equal.

8. If you set the stage for something, you make preparations so that it can happen.

 

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