Overdramatic Acting Turns Film into a Comedy

         When producing a film, the director has an idea of how he wants the film to come across to the audience. There are different kinds of categories a film can fall under, whether it is considered to be a comedy, drama, horror, or action film. Sometimes the audience may not view a film the way in which the director had intended for it to be viewed. Such is the case with Luis Buñuel's 1954 film, Los Abismos de Pasion.

         The Spanish-language film, based on Emily Brontë's 1847 serious and dramatic novel, Wuthering Heights, was intended to be a serious cinematic version of the novel; however, it was turned into a comedy because of the overdramatic acting from the cast, throughout the film. There were certain scenes in the film where the actors seemed to act more overdramatic then they should have for certain parts, while at other times they did not seem to act as dramatically as they should have during some of the scenes.

         During certain parts of the film, the actors acted overly excited or angry at certain actions when they were not very serious. When two of the characters were interacting with one another, sometimes they would make long pauses in their conversation or overemphasize their voice tone when it was not needed. An example of one scene of overdramatic acting took place when Catalina (Irasema Dilian) first heard of Alejandro's (Jorge Mistral) return. Upon hearing the news, Catalina was running across the room with joy and acting like a fool when Alejandro came in. While Catalina should have been happy to see her childhood friend again, her reaction was much too overdramatic for the occasion. An example of the actors not being dramatic enough is evident when Catalina was sitting outside and passed out. When Eduardo (Ernesto Alonzo) came back outside and saw Catalina had passed out in her chair, he did not act worried or surprised; instead he acted as though he could care less. The actions they took in getting Catalina back inside and sending for the doctor were done very slowly in a time when they should have been acting dramatic and in a hurry.

         These are only two examples taken from this film which helped turn what was intended to be a serious film creating tears of sorrow into a film that would give the audience tears of laughter by the time the ending credits began.

Stacey Lee

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