Summer/Fall 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 3/4 Book Reviews |

The Need to Know

Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft edited by Bert Cardullo, et al. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. xiv +345 pages. $30. Threads of Time: Recollections by Peter Brook. Washington D.C.: A Cornelia and Michael Bessie Book, Counterpoint, 1998. 198 pages. $25. Aristotle, writing about the theater, tells us that the human animal has a natural need to "imitate." If so, it seems that there's an inborn curiosity that comes along as part of the bargain. Apparently, we are driven to know the secrets of those special people who do our "imitating" for us. We seem, as a species, to need to know what goes on backstage. Any human compulsion creates a market. From painted calices to "Entertainment Tonight," ages of human ingenuity have been invested trying to satisfy this curiosity. There are always new promises to take us behind the curtain, to give us a peek onto the back lot, into the studio, or on the location, to show us the actor at work. What do we hop

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