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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #90 on: December 17, 2010, 06:02:46 AM »
Huh, that batch contains a disproportionate number of black-and-white films from the sixties.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #91 on: December 17, 2010, 10:21:05 AM »
I promised myself a break from giant marathons after the current one is complete, but your picks have me wanting to do a performance marathon.  Those I've seen I completely agree with. So I'm curious about the ones I haven't seen.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #92 on: December 17, 2010, 02:06:49 PM »
# 25 —

Jean-Pierre Lιaud as Antoine Doinel
The 400 Blows  (Franηois Truffaut, 1959)


# 24 —

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond
Sunset Blvd.  (Billy Wilder, 1950)


# 23 —

Russell Crowe as Jeffrey Wigand
The Insider  (Michael Mann, 1999)


# 22 —

Mary Tyler Moore as Beth Jarrett
Ordinary People  (Robert Redford, 1980)


# 21 —

Emil Jannings as The Doorman
The Last Laugh  (F.W. Murnau, 1924)


# 20 —

Celia Johnson as Laura Jesson
Brief Encounter  (David Lean, 1945)


# 19 —

James Stewart as George Bailey
It's a Wonderful Life  (Frank Capra, 1946)


# 18 —

Raimu as Cιsar
Marius  (Alexander Korda, 1931)


# 17 —

Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles
Cabaret  (Bob Fosse, 1972)


# 16 —

Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson
His Girl Friday  (Howard Hawks, 1940)


# 15 —

Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  (Milos Forman, 1975)


# 14 —

Gena Rowlands as Mabel Longhetti
A Woman Under the Influence  (John Cassavetes, 1974)


# 13 —

Gordon Pinsent as Grant Anderson
Away from Her  (Sarah Polley, 2006)


# 12 —

Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann
Roman Holiday  (William Wyler, 1953)


# 11 —

Paul Scofield as Thomas More
A Man for All Seasons  (Fred Zinnemann, 1966)



James Stewart could just as easily be up there for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, or Harvey; Jack Nicholson for Five Easy Pieces or Chinatown; Audrey Hepburn for The Nun's Story; and Paul Scofield for Quiz Show.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #93 on: December 17, 2010, 03:42:59 PM »
I promised myself a break from giant marathons after the current one is complete, but your picks have me wanting to do a performance marathon.  Those I've seen I completely agree with. So I'm curious about the ones I haven't seen.

Cool, that's a very nice thing to hear. I find myself really wanting to revisit a lot of these; and also to check out some other performances by some of the people I've only seen in one great role.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #94 on: December 17, 2010, 04:08:39 PM »
Pixote, great to see Daniel Day Lewis there and, even better, Robert Donat, both such moving performances.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #95 on: December 17, 2010, 04:27:41 PM »
# 10 —

Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson
The Hustler  (Robert Rossen, 1961)


# 9 —

Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson
Fargo  (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)


# 8 —

Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb
Requiem for a Dream  (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)


# 7 —

Sean Penn as Matthew Poncelet
Dead Man Walking  (Tim Robbins, 1995)


# 6 —

Meryl Streep as Sophie
Sophie's Choice  (Alan J. Pakula, 1982)


# 5 —

Peter Lorre as Hans Beckert
M  (Fritz Lang, 1931)


# 4 —

Alec Guinness as Col. Nicholson
The Bridge on the River Kwai  (David Lean, 1957)


# 3 —

Renιe Falconetti as Jeanne d'Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc  (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)


# 2 —

Katharine Hepburn as Mary Tyrone
Long Day's Journey Into Night  (Sidney Lumet, 1962)


# 1 —

Cary Grant as Walter Burns
His Girl Friday  (Howard Hawks, 1940)



Paul Newman could just as easily be up there for Somebody Up There Likes Me, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, or The Verdict; Ellen Burstyn for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore; Sean Penn for Milk; Katharine Hepburn for Bringing Up Baby or The Philadelphia Story; and Cary Grant for The Philadelphia Story, Suspicion, or North by Northwest.

I have a lot of qualms about by list overall. Too many of the performances are from films I love. I feel like a bad Heisman voter who only considers the best players on the best teams, even though the most deserving winner might really be on a team with a losing record. The distribution across decades seems (at a glance) more even than any list I've ever done, which is nice, with the 90s getting an unusual amount of love. There also seemed to real strong slant towards actors and directors from New York. Non-English language performances did just okay on my list, not great, but with all of Asia getting shut out, I think. Not sure how to explain that. Men make up about 60% of my list, which I'm okay with. The more interesting stat, perhaps — with my list and others — is how many of the performances were directed by women. Just one on my list, I think. I'm pretty sure the big winner among directors here are Sidney Lumet (and he could have had at least one more, if I'd gone with The Verdict for Newman instead The Hustler) and Ingmar Bergman. I'm also curious to see how much overlap there is between the directors mentioned here and those on my Top 50 Directors list.

By the way, I didn't intend to have a limit of one performance per actor; but when I was trying to cut my list down to just one hundred names, secondary performances by the same person were easy to cut without feeling too guilty. Then again, Sean Penn's performance in Milk is probably better than half that made my list, so now I'm feeling guilty again, thanks.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #96 on: December 17, 2010, 04:49:11 PM »
The distribution across decades seems (at a glance) more even than any list I've ever done, which is nice, with the 90s getting an unusual amount of love.

1920s      
6
1930s
8
1940s
11
1950s
13
1960s
17
1970s
14
1980s
3
1990s
18
2000s
10

Haha, take that, eighties!

Those numbers include four performances each from the years 1939, 1993, 1994, and 1996. Weird.

I'm pretty sure the big winner among directors here are Sidney Lumet (and he could have had at least one more, if I'd gone with The Verdict for Newman instead The Hustler) and Ingmar Bergman.

Yep, four performances directed by Lumet and three by Bergman — but also three by F.W. Murnau. Didn't realize that. Others with two: Wilder, Fellini, Godard, Kieslowski, Forman, Preston Sturges, Lean, Mamoulian, and Wellman.

Hawks, the Coens, Cimino, and Donen/Kelly each had two performances listed from the same film.

Non-English language performances did just okay on my list, not great, but with all of Asia getting shut out, I think. Not sure how to explain that.

Oops, forgot about Tony Leung.

Canada
1
France
11
Germany
4
Hong Kong
1
Italy
5
New Zealand      
1
Romania
1
Sweden
3
UK
9
US
64

USA! USA! USA!

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #97 on: December 17, 2010, 05:26:07 PM »
# 40 —

Daniel Day-Lewis as Gerry Conlon
In the Name of the Father  (Jim Sheridan, 1993)

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This is a fantastic pick!

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #98 on: December 17, 2010, 08:19:25 PM »
I have a lot of qualms about by list overall. Too many of the performances are from films I love. I feel like a bad Heisman voter who only considers the best players on the best teams, even though the most deserving winner might really be on a team with a losing record.

Hah, well said. I feel the same way about my own list.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Performances: Your Lists
« Reply #99 on: December 17, 2010, 11:59:45 PM »
I have a lot of qualms about by list overall. Too many of the performances are from films I love. I feel like a bad Heisman voter who only considers the best players on the best teams, even though the most deserving winner might really be on a team with a losing record.

Hah, well said. I feel the same way about my own list.
It is a difficult thing to get around. Partly it is related to trying to remember the great performances from all those you have seen. Naturally the ones that float to the top are those connected to better films.