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Offline longman3575

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take a risk, far enough away
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:33:04 am »
1. What's the meaning of the first underlined part?
2. What's the meaning of the second underlined part?
3. What's the meaning of the third underlined part?
4. What's the meaning of the word, intimacy here?

  You may have heard or read that Laurence Olivier was widely believed to be the greatest actor of the past century. But when you see one of his films, you may wonder how that could be. This assessment comes largely from those who saw him perform live. He was an amazing and brilliant technician who took big risks and thrilled audiences far enough away not to be able to sense his technique. He rarely reached that impact on film where his work sometimes looks calculated. Richard Burton, also respected as one of the twentieth-century greats, had a voice so huge that it would sometimes overwhelm the camera, the microphone, and all the intimacy of film acting. To this day, many audience members and critics maintain that if you did not experience either of these men in the theater, you did not experience their magic.
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Offline Britta

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Re: take a risk, far enough away
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 07:53:01 am »
1. not sure about the big risks
2. he used certain techniques to thrill the audience if this audience was sufficiently removed, i.e. at least a few metres away, in order not to become aware of said "techniques" (no idea what these were, see it like magician's tricks)
3. he was overpowering/dominating the other actors even if his role didn't call for this
3. intimacy - other than in a theatre, where the closest observer is the person in the first row, the camera is often very close to the actors, revealing said "tricks" or capturing the overpowering voice and thus taking the "magic" away.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†