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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Moving portraits of 14 actors

By Melissa Bell
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Javier Bardem (Screengrab from "Fourteen Actors Acting" by Solve Sundsbo)

The online New York Times magazine moving portraits, "Fourteen Actors Acting," is dramatic, weird and vaguely creepy. James Franco kisses himself. Natalie Portman undresses in a huff. Javier Bardem is Javier Bardem. Or at least what I imagine Javier Bardem would be like at a dinner party. I love every second of it.

The experiment shows how much more creative and in depth digital media is allowing magazines to get, and how much more rewarded viewers are. The Lens blog captures this sentiment perfectly. It has a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot and it quotes Owen Pallett, the music composer for the portraits as saying, "I had a really hard time explaining the gig to my grandma. She was like, 'Why are you writing music for a magazine?' "

By Melissa Bell  | December 9, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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