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With this scene Tasso has introduced the iconic or sacramental dimension, he has displayed his manneristic mastery of antithesis and introduced, through a strong female character and virgin, what Fortini calls the "erotica religiosa" of the poem.
to lose hold on the central issues and become thin, manneristic, too arty, and
But in other terms the film pursued--perhaps to a manneristic extent--means Black Audio had used often in the past: a suspicion of documentary evidence, a reliance on poetic recollection, and a sidelong approach to moral narratives.
The acting that helped to promote specifically Manneristic ambiguity in Williams's early major plays occurred in male-female pairs: Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy (Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois in the film) from A Streetcar Named Desire, Eli Wallach and Maureen Stapleton in The Rose Tattoo, and Geraldine Page and Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth.
for perfectly understandable English ones is disturbingly manneristic.