At a time when cinemas and movie theatres remain closed amid the current coronavirus pandemic, the film industry has suffered a prolonged period of flux in an ongoing health crisis that has caused severe delays and financial ruin to many within the arts. While the future looks to be predominantly influenced by the flexing muscles of major streaming platforms, we’re dipping back into the Far Out archives to revisit a moment of movie history in the making as rare footage of a young Angelina Jolie works on her skills during an acting class
The footage, which emerged online after being uploaded to YouTube by Dagmar Stansova, displays her typically dark approach to her art in prolific form. Stansova, who is Jolie’s acting partner in the clip, is said to have taken place in the 1990s when Jolie would have been aged between 16-20.
While mixed reports incorrectly claimed Jolie to be aged 25 and in casting for a film role, Stansova explains: “This footage was never meant to be viewed by anyone except us actors. We are not performing for a film, we are exercising our instrument.”
She added: “With this particular acting teacher, the focus was much more on what is called ‘instrument work’ rather than scene work, meaning that we focused on expanding our instrument which is our ability to express the full gamut of emotions through our body, our voice, rather than learning how to break down a scene and create a character.
“We had no scripted material. It is all improvised.”
Displaying her huge rage, Jolie goes back and forth with Stansova and states: “I need to hurt you. I want to hurt you,” as she moves from spits of laughter to sadness. “I thought your eyes were wonderful. I especially liked the movement in the scene for you. Something was really connected,” the coach tells Jolie.
“I felt for you a real sense of style. You didn’t allow it to just keep going there, you changed it lots of times. You found the humour and you found that and you took the scene in different directions.”
See the clip, below.