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Title: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Film-Junkie Zach on November 11, 2004, 11:38:17 AM
1.Toshiro Mifune as Kikuchiyo in The Seven Samurai
2.Robert De Niro as La Motta in Raging Bull and as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II
3.Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca
4.Eli Wallach as Tuco in The Good The Bad and The Ugly
5.Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction
6.Takashi Shimura as Kanji in Ikiru
7.Marlon Brando as Paul in Last Tango In Paris
8.Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver
9.Russ Tamblyn as Riff in West Side Story
10.Sean Penn as Paul Rivers in 21 Grams
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Belkin on November 11, 2004, 03:05:38 PM
1.   Walter Huston      THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
2.   Humphrey Bogart      THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
3.   Burt Lancaster      ELMER GANTRY (1960)
4.   Robert Vaughn      THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)
5.   Glenn Ford      THE BIG HEAT (1953)
6.   Jean Gabin      QUAI DES BRUMES (1938) n’ LA GRANDE ILLUSION (1937)
7.   Tyrone Power      NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947)
8.   Yves Montand      THE WAGES OF FEAR (1953)
9.   Simone Signoret      LES DIABOLIQUES (1954)
10.   John Wayne      THE SEARCHERS (1956).      

Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Bill Carson on November 11, 2004, 04:55:13 PM
aaahhh.... mmmm....

ELI WALLACH as Tuco in GBU

RUTGER HAUER as THE HITCHER

TIM ROBBINS as Andy Defresne in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

JEAN RENO as LEON

AL PACINO as Tony Montana in SCARFACE

RAY LIOTTA as Henry Oak in NARC

TOM HANKS as Capt. Miller in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

ROBERT DeNIRO as Jimmy Conway in GOODFELLAS

MORGAN FREEMAN as Red in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

SYLVESTER STALLONE as Freddy Heflin in COPLAND  

.... among others...
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Two Kinds of ... on November 11, 2004, 05:54:19 PM
De Niro as Noodles

De Niro as LaMotta

Pacino as Michael Corleone

Clint as the Man With No Name - he's literally PERFECT in these three movies

Brando as Terry Malloy

Brando as Vito Corleone

George C. Scott as Patton

Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade

Jimmy Stewart as George

Sterling Hayden in the Killing


This is all off the top of my head, I'm sure there are others.
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: cigar joe on November 12, 2004, 04:32:28 AM
Eli Wallach as Tuco in GBU

George C. Scott as General Buck Torgison in Dr. Strangelove

Dennis Hopper as Frank in Blue Velvet

Jeff Bridges as The Dude in The Big Liebowski.

Derek Jacobi as Claudius in I Claudius

John Hurt as Caligula in I Claudius

Richard Burton in Night of the Iguana

Orson Wells in Touch of Evil

George Segal in King Rat

Giancarlo Gianinni in Pasqualino Sette Bellze

Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Il Buono on November 13, 2004, 07:37:32 AM
Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman
Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco
Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name
Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas
Sean Connery in The Rock
Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump
Marlon Brando in The Godfather
Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now
Henry Fonda in OUTIW
Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction
Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade

... and others that I certainly have forgotten
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: John Baldwin on November 13, 2004, 09:10:32 AM
Eastwood as Blondie in GBU
Wallach as Tuco in GBU
Jean Reno as Leon
Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump
Johnny Dep as Edward cissors hand
Edward Norton in American history X
Edward Norton and Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club
Brad Pitt in interview with a vampire
Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnam in American Beauty

There are anothers I don't think
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: noodles_leone on November 13, 2004, 10:46:03 AM
fonda as frank
jason robard as cheyenne
eastwood as blondie
wallach as tuco
van cleef as angel eyes
meryl streep in the bridges of madison county
sean penn in mystic river
james coburn in dys
de niro in ouatia
micheal madsen in reservoir dogs
harvey keytel and de niro in Mean Street
...
excuse me, it is a little bit more than 10, but i can't stop to 10... and i'me thinking to so much others right now!
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Half Soldier on November 14, 2004, 05:48:19 AM
The wife is hassling me to hurry up so I'll say eight from SL's movies plus

Leonardo in What's eating Gilbert Grape and Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter

Sorry for cheating but ...
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: redyred on November 24, 2004, 10:54:36 AM
In no particular order...

Eli Wallach as Tuco in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Robert de Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver
Samuel L Jackson as Jules in Pulp Fiction
Takashi Shimura as Kanji in Ikiru
Klaus Kinski as Aguirre in Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Toshiro Mifune as Kikuchiyo in Seven Samurai
Anna Magnani as Pina in Roma Citta Aperta
Christopher Lee as Lord Summersisle in The Wicker Man
Michael Caine as Jack Carter in Get Carter
Bunta Sugawara as Shozo Hirono in Battles without Honour and Humanity
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: grandpa_chum on November 24, 2004, 02:32:13 PM
In No Order

Robert De Niro... ouatia
John Wayne... the quiet man
James Stewart... Firecreek
henry fonda... OUATIW
Charles Bronson... OUATIW
Kirk Douglas... Paths of glory
Marlon Brando... Superman
james coburn... Duck you sucker
Gregory Peck... to kill a mockingbird
Clint Eastwood... Fistful Of Dollars
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: DJIMBO on November 24, 2004, 05:22:33 PM
In No Order

Robert De Niro... ouatia
John Wayne... the quiet man
James Stewart... Firecreek
henry fonda... OUATIW
Charles Bronson... OUATIW
Kirk Douglas... Paths of glory
Marlon Brando... Superman
james coburn... Duck you sucker
Gregory Peck... to kill a mockingbird
Clint Eastwood... Fistful Of Dollars

lol, brando's performances were often as short and as financially rewarding as they were great...im thinking superman and apocalypse now, his later ones
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: grandpa_chum on November 24, 2004, 09:14:52 PM
despite all of it... they were still great... and i had to have him in the top 10 and sadly those are the only two performances i've seen of his... except for the godfather... which i didn't really like him in... maybe it was the character and not him though
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: David Aaronson on November 25, 2004, 10:26:02 AM
In no particular order:

Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront
Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire
Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver
Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull
Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin in The King Of Comedy
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather
Al Pacino as Sonny (forgot his last name) in Dog Day Afternoon
Robert Duvall as Col. Killgore in Apocalypse Now
Takashi Shimamura as Watanabe in Ikiru
Title: Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: grandpa_chum on November 25, 2004, 02:41:14 PM
Duvall as kilgore was very close to making it on mine.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Silenzio on October 07, 2006, 07:37:40 AM
Eli Wallach as Tuco (GBU)
Henry Fonda as Frank (Once Upon a Time in the West)
Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone (The Godfather)
Robert Duvall as Kilgore (Apocalypse Now)
Peter o'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone (Godfather part II)
De Niro as Noodles (Once Upon A Time in America)
Mifune as Sanjuro (Yojimbo and Sanjuro)
Mifune as Kickuchiyo (Seven Samurai)
Bronson as Harmonica (Once Upon A Time in the West)
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Tuco the ugly on October 07, 2006, 07:44:09 AM
this topics "ten best something" are annoying,too much thinking... ;D
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Beebs on October 07, 2006, 10:17:15 AM
Tough one,

Here's a few off the top of my head not my top list. That would be impossible:

Wallach as Tuco
Eastwood as Will Munny
Redford as Waldo Pepper
McQueen as Henri Charrierre (Papillon)
Hackman as (any of his roles, he's so versitile, but French Connection and Unforgiven are the best I've seen)
O'Toole as Lawrence
Wayne as Ethan
Slim Pickens as Taggot
Gene Wilder as Mr. Bloom in Producers
George C. Scott (tie for Pattona and Dr. Strangelove)

Bonus: Peter Sellers as all his roles in Dr. Strangelove.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: The Firecracker on October 07, 2006, 04:02:34 PM
this topics "ten best something" are annoying,too much thinking... ;D

agreed.


Jack Nicholson..."The Shinging"
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Groggy on October 07, 2006, 04:04:32 PM
Let's see. . . in no particular order:

George C. Scott as the title character in "Patton"
Peter O'Toole as the title character in "Lawrence of Arabia"
Tom Courtenay and Rod Steiger in "Doctor Zhivago"
Alec Guinness in "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Fall of the Roman Empire"
Eli Wallach as Tuco
Al Pacino in the first two "Godfathers"
James Caan as Sonny in "Godfather II"
Henry Fonda as Frank in OUATITW
James Woods as Max in OUATIA
Anthony Quinn as Stavros in "Guns of Navarone"
Gene Hackman in "Unforgiven"
John Wayne in "The Searchers"
Geoffrey Rush in "Elizabeth"

That's a bit more than ten, isn't it?  ;D Sorry.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Cusser on October 07, 2006, 05:19:24 PM
Eli Wallach as Tuco
van Cleef as Angel Eyes
Henry Fonda as Frank in OUATITW
De Niro in OUATIA
John Wayne in "The Searchers" and Red River
Eastwood as Josey Wales and spaghettis
Tom Hanks in Cast Away and Forrest Gump

Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Silenzio on October 07, 2006, 06:04:04 PM

James Caan as Sonny in "Godfather II"


You're clearly out of your head. Sonny ain't in Godfather II. Did you mean James Caan in the first Godfather? Or did you get mixed up and mean somebody else in Godfather II?
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Groggy on October 07, 2006, 06:19:01 PM
Sonny IS in GF II (the flashback scene at the end), but you're right, I meant the first one.  :P
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Silenzio on October 07, 2006, 06:27:50 PM
Sonny IS in GF II (the flashback scene at the end)

Darn, you managed to turn the tables on me.  >:( ;)
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: The Firecracker on October 07, 2006, 06:39:12 PM
Darn, you managed to turn the tables on me.  >:( ;)


That isn't very hard to do.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Silenzio on October 07, 2006, 06:48:34 PM

That isn't very hard to do.

You've done it way more than once. Especially about that superman thing.  ;D
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: The Firecracker on October 07, 2006, 10:49:47 PM
Jot this down to...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73PnAymHAHk&mode=related&search=

Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Aguirre on October 07, 2006, 11:03:00 PM
Klaus Kinski in Aguire is an obvious favorite of mine. Funny, he never dubbed his own voice. It was kept a secret until a recent interview that Kinski's voice was not in the film. I heard he wanted a million dollars for his dub. 5 times the movie's budget. Gotta love actors :)

Bronson in Once Upon a Time in America is amazing.
Wallach as Tuco is equally great.

Warren Oates in Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia is a beautiful performance.

That's all I can think of for now..
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: The Firecracker on October 08, 2006, 01:41:29 AM


Bronson in Once Upon a Time in America is amazing.





silly silly Aguirre, Bronson was in WEST not AMERICA.
Your typo has now damned you to the Leone boards own personal mexican firing squad.


Right this way please...
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Sanjuro on October 08, 2006, 02:35:04 AM
Here's the list I can think of now.

Bronson as Col. Dobbs in Rider on the Rain
Mifune as 60 years old man when he was in 30s in I Live in Fear aka Record of Living Being
Mifune as Goro Murakami in Stray Dog
Mifune as Dr. Niide in Red Beard
Isao Kimura as 17 years old Katsushiro  when he was 30 in Seven Samurai
Takashi Shimura as Kanbei in Seven Samurai
Alain Delon as Jeff Costello in Le Samourai
Alain Delon as Tom Ripley in Purple Noon
Anna Magnani as Pina in Open City
Terence Hill as Nobody in My Name is Nobody
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Aguirre on October 08, 2006, 12:34:49 PM

silly silly Aguirre, Bronson was in WEST not AMERICA.
Your typo has now damned you to the Leone boards own personal mexican firing squad.


Right this way please...
'

Shit...I can't believe I did that.
Oh well, a fair punishment for my insulence.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: The Firecracker on October 08, 2006, 12:39:48 PM
'

******...I can't believe I did that.
Oh well, a fair punishment for my insulence.

you have been executed hours ago. Go back to the land of the dead Jesus.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: marmota-b on October 08, 2006, 12:44:41 PM
you have been executed hours ago. Go back to the land of the dead Jesus.

Jesus is alive, so Aguirre can live as well. ;D
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: dave jenkins on October 09, 2006, 04:46:34 PM
Amen.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Sanjuro on October 10, 2006, 12:08:34 AM
May the protection of God be with you.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Senza on February 26, 2013, 05:27:55 PM
1. Eli Wallach - Tuco, TGTBTU
2. Sylvestor Stallone - Rocky Balboa, Rocky I-VI
3. Heath Ledger - Joker, TDK
4. Kathy Bates - Annie Wilkes, Misery
5. Robert De Niro - Leonard Lowe, Awakenings
6. Michael Clarke Duncan - John Coffey, The Green Mile
7. Lee Van Cleef - tie between Angel Eyes and Colonel Mortimer, FDM and TGTBTU
8. John Hurt - John Merrick, The Elephant Man
9. Al Pacino - Colonel Frank Slade, Scent Of A Woman
10. Robert De Niro - Noodles, OUATIA
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 26, 2013, 08:01:08 PM
How is it that of all the lists y'all posted here, only one person mentioned Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire? You could make a good case for that being the greatest acting performance ever. Shame on y'all, except David Aaronson.

btw, I think only one or two people listed a single actress on their lists. anyway.....


I think almost all the performances in Leone's movies were awesome, I'm not gonna list any individually.
Also, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II had so many incredible characters, it would take up more than this list alone; I mentioned the names of the awesome characters in this post in The Godfather Thread http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11185.msg154947#msg154947

In non-Leone and non-Godfather movies, a few great performances off the top of my head are:


Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

Doris Day in The Man Who Knew Too Much

James Stewart's 4 greatest performances I've seen are in Call Northside 777, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo

George C. Scott in Patton

Sean Penn in Carlito's Way

Sean Penn in Mystic River

Meryl Streep in The Bridges of Madison County

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The ones I mentioned above are all lead actor/actress roles. Some of the great supporting performances are:
Walter Brennan in The Westerner
Walter Brennan in Rio Bravo
Rod Steiger in Doctor Zhivago
Claude Rains in Casablanca
(The more I watch this movie, the more I become disgusted at how Captain Renault is a lovable and funny character because of Rains' incredible performance; Renault is actually one of the most detestable characters in movie history. Other than a Nazi character, I don't think there is a single movie character about whom you can say, "this character is definitely more evil than Captain Renault." I don't know if the character was written that way or it's just Rains' great acting or both, but it's really disgusting how a character who would sell out his own mother to the Nazis for a buck, is such a lovable character

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There is a famous scene in On the Waterfront where Rod Steiger is in a taxi with Marlon Brando; the scene is famous because of Brando's famous speech, "i coulda been a champ...." For me, that scene is memorable for a different reason: IMO, Steiger's performance in that scene is one of the greatest performances in a scene in movie history.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Senza on February 26, 2013, 08:21:55 PM
What did you think of Eli Wallach as Altobello in GF 3?
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Senza on February 26, 2013, 08:24:04 PM
...that deceitful old fuck
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 26, 2013, 08:29:37 PM
Wallach's performance was one of the very few bright spots in that otherwise forgettable movie. It's a darn shame that such a great character was wasted on that movie
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Senza on February 26, 2013, 08:32:23 PM
I agree, I think like most people Sofia killed the movie for me.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 26, 2013, 09:23:55 PM
this movie had a lot more problems than Sofia. I know she got a lot of shit for that performance but I don't remember feeling it was all that awful. I mean, the first 2 Godfathers had amazing performances up and down the line probably like 20 great performances between the two films, so I guess it's magnified when an important role doesn't match up, but I didn't think it was much worse than the many mediocre performances you see in movies all the time.

Even if the role of Michael's daughter had been played by (fill in the Oscar winner here), it wouldn't have rescued the film. The story just wasn't interesting. Godfather fans had come to love -- and, let's face it, root for -- the Corleone family, they just didn't have an interest in seeing it fall apart. The family -- both Michael's personal family and the Corleone crime Family -- is a shell of its former self, everyone is in repentance and reflective mode, we're just not interested in seeing that. The whole story with the Catholic Church simply wasn't interesting; the whole part about Michael seeking repentance for killing Fredo just wasn't interesting; The Godfather's technique of having scenes match up with scenes from earlier films got tiring for me. Eg. GF opens with the wedding celebration, GF 2 opens with the communion celebration, and by the time GF 3 opened with the celebration of the donation to the Church, and also had the Festa  in Little Italy just as the one in GF 2, by that time I felt, "I'm sick of the movie doing the 'parallel scenes' over and over, can't we just get some new good scenes instead of bad rehash scenes?" I like Andy Garcia as an actor but there's no way that in this role, he could have compared to the parallel roles of the young godfather we have come to know and expect, we expect the godfather to be more of a "dignified" role, not the wild kid that Garcia is playing. of course, that's the point, that the generations have degenerated and the garcia character does not have the 'dignity' of the characters played by de niro and pacino earlier, but what can I say, it's just not as interesting. The first cousins falling in love with each other? Blaaahhhhhhhh! uch. Who the fuck wants to watch that. That sort of thing is not forbidden by the Bible and is common in traditional communities especially where the cousins never really knew each other as children (which is the case in this movie) but somehow I'm just not interested in watching them cousins kissing each other.

I must have used some variation of "not interesting" five times in the preceding paragraph. And that sums up GF3: it's just not interesting.

Now, for whatever it's worth, I'll mention here what most big Godfather fans know,  that Coppola believed that the Godfather story was complete with the first 2 movies, and really wanted to name this one "The Death of Michael Corleone" but of course Paramount insisted The Godfather title be used. Did that title create expectations in audiences' minds that this movie would be similar to the first two, whereas Coppola's preferred title would have immediately signaled us that this is a different movie and not one of a trilogy, and maybe we'd have liked it better? Would we have come into the movie expecting to see a repentant godfather rather than an ass-kicking godfather? who knows.
By the time I got around to seeing GF 3, it was just a couple of years ago; I'd already heard all kinds of shit about it but finally decided that eventually I have to see it, but I had zero expectations. At least I can be happy about that; I had nothing to be disappointed over. But for fans who went to see the movie in theaters as soon as it was released, and after waiting over a decade-and-a-half, had to see this crap, it must have been an awful disappointment.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: PowerRR on February 26, 2013, 10:00:15 PM
it's tough considering acting styles changing so much over the years. but off the top of my head:

phoenix in the master
hoffman in the master
elliot gould in his 3 Altman films (long goodbye, california split, MASH)
day-lewis in TWBB/GoNY
jimmy stewart in mr. smith goes to washington
eastwood in GBU
rourke in the wrestler
burt lancaster in ...something. idk. sweet smell of success? local hero?
brando in on the waterfront
de niro in king of comedy? or raging bull...

all american. I have trouble judging performances in foreign films (especially japanese)

I guess i didn't include girls either. louis fletcher in Cuckoo's nest.
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 27, 2013, 03:40:18 AM
I'll add Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 27, 2013, 07:16:25 AM
it's really hard to make these lists because it brings up the whole question of "what do you consider a great acting performance?" (I know we've discussed this previously somewhere, pretty recently, not sure where).

Does it have to A) actually be a great ACTING job where the actor transforms himself believably into some character, or is the criteria B) a role that you most enjoy watching, even if that includes an actor who frequently just plays "himself," like John Wayne or Steve McQueen. (No I DO NOT mean to imply that they didn't have acting ability, I think they were both amazing actors; I am just using them as an example to make my point about actors who frequently played "themselves," and that's not a criticism at all, they are just so cool and awesome to watch that we want them to play themselves.
Eg. Typically, whether it's deserved or not, you won't see Oscar nominations for stars of action movies, even if the movies are very popular and the character is among the most beloved characters in movie history. Those movies will get nominated or awarded for eg. best Film editing or Best Sound, but not for acting performances, even though eg. I enjoy watching Bruce Willis in the Die Hard trilogy (it'll always be a trilogy for me, the last two are irrelevant) as much as I do some Method actor who magically transforms into someone else


I could give more specific examples but I won't do that cuz I don't want anyone to respond by quibbling with examples, I think you get the point, what I want to know is what criteria you use when listing "great acting performances"? (This is another reason why I hate making lists!) Are you looking for the A) eg. Marlon Brando type-Method performances where you could swear Brando IS that character; or is it just as good when B) you love watching that character, even if it's just cuz the actor is someone you simply love watching, even when it seems to be no effort or transformation on his part?????????
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: Senza on February 27, 2013, 07:19:41 AM
I chose my performances according to A.) but I would say maybe Eli Wallach as Tuco and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky belong to both A.) and B.)
Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: cigar joe on February 27, 2013, 04:40:23 PM
Eddie Muller on acting performances then and now comparing Criss Cross with Soderbergs remake The Underneath ( from Dark City 1998):

"In the best noir actors play with a bold flourish. They understand that memorable moments are way up there - dangerously close to over-the-top"  "...possessed a innate sense of how to colorfully sketch a character ---- a caricature, really ---- while nailing the priorities: advance the story, and entertain the audience."

"... to accommodate the the supposedly more sophisticated tastes of contemporary audiences, (the) film is relentlessly "realistic". It bricklays motivations for every character to lend the proceedings as much credibility as possible. The actors sell the material with the studied naturalism now required of dramatic film acting. As a result, (the) film is an involving, but forgettable 120 minutes.

Title: Re: Ten Favorite Acting Performances
Post by: marmota-b on April 12, 2013, 04:22:29 PM
Some of mine are rather obscure... for a Sergio Leone board. ::) It's not a definitive list, though fairly close to definitive right now.

I do enjoy Eli Wallach as Tuco, of course.

Viktor Preiss as the actor Benda in "Zmizení herce Bendy" ("The Disappearance of the Actor Benda"), a Czech TV film from 2010 based on a short story by Karel Čapek. He does not get much room, as the story concerns his disappearance ;), but he's perfect in the role. EDIT: Actually, Tomáš Töpfer as his friend who investigates the disappearance is excellent as well.

Another of my favourite actors is Rudolf Hrušínský. Objectively speaking, his best role is probably in Spalovač mrtvol; but it's a repulsive character and I can't list it as favourite because I saw it once and that's enough for a lifetime... and as favourites go, I'll go with the rather obscure children's film Strašidla z vikýře, where he plays the heroine's quirky grandfather who's been trying to fly for years... he's both energetic and driven and completely heartbroken in the film, and a lot of fun to watch.

Jan Kačer in Valley of the Bees. He's so intense, and took the role so seriously.

Boguslaw Linda as Robak in Pan Tadeusz. That has something to do with my love for Pan Tadeusz in general... and he's closely followed by Daniel Olbrychski as Gervazy in the same.

Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy. The way she goes from the spry, commanding elderly lady she's in the beginning to the brittle truly old lady she's in the end...

Konkona Sen Sharma in Aaja Nachle. Yes, that's Bollywood. Her character undergoes a fairly clichéd transformation from a tomboy into a pretty girl/romantic interest. Kind of a Cinderella transformation. But she does it fantastically, believably.

Magda Vášáryová as Princess Slavěna in Princ Bajaja. OK, so she had some other more "serious" roles... but this fairy tale princess is just what she should be, and believe me, that's not what everyone can do. As testified by many recent Czech fairy tales...

Riiight... Ivana Baquero in Pan's Labyrinth was unbelievable. (I'm going through my five star ratings on ČSFD to refresh my memory.)

And Daniela Kolářová as Alena in Noc na Karlštejně. One of the best comedic roles I know; in a film that's not quite perfect, she definitely lifts it in my eyes. Particularly because I mostly know her in roles of very serious women otherwise.