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From ones not mentioned:

Brando is always a joy to watch.
I don't know if John Cazale was a good actor or not, but he sure captured a certain neurotic, awkward, on-the-brink-of-destruction better than most actors.

I think the Phoenix's are also a a joy to watch, and generally have elevated poorly written material to greater heights.



Bibi Anderson in Persona might be my favorite performance of all-time.


Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:22 pm
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While cameras may swoop and sequences can be spliced together to give the impression of change, actors are the living counterpart to these tools. Every motion, every utterance, is as capable as any other cinematic apparatus of infusing cinematic sequences of moments with an impression, a meaning, an idea, a context, a question, and is probably more capable of pulling forth an emotional contortion. Each movement has the potential to be imbued with the possibilities of dance, each vocalization has the potential to be imbued with the possibilities of music. To some degree actors are trapped by their directors, typically subservient to directors' desires and unable to find their own spaces. The best opportunity for an actor is surely to be an untethered 'extra', able to choose their place in the frame, their posture, their behavior, their vibrations, and even the other actors. Imagine the potential of the un-directed actor - when the 'romantic leads' are monopolozing the majority of the foreground in a pointless travesty of a shot the self-directed extra is free to push them aside, engage with or set herself against her surroundings, and eventually make the world into her stage. At the same time, the actor is the least prepared for cinema as she does not have film running through her innards, she cannot be cut into pieces (legally), she can only infer the camera's point of view, and she must contend with the other elements of living which simultaneously provide such a vibrant array of possibilities. It's a difficult art form, often placed in an unfortunate creative conflict, and history is littered with the wasted potential of great artists confined to a prison built by cameras and filmstrips.

But - at least we have her.

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But - at least we have her.

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what's that film?

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Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:38 pm
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in den tag hinein


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I had guessed Berlin School. Still woefully behind on that. She's pretty.

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I've only seen her in two things. She's incredible.


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I actually watched Be My Star the other night. Anyone seen that? It's extremely authentic and could be set anywhere.

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I tried to think of something to say on this subject. It was difficult. I concluded that nobody cares about acting so much as they like looking at other people's faces, posting pictures of the faces and then swooning and posting hearts in response and all this other weird stuff.

Then I decided to say that my favourite acting performance ever is Vanda Duarte in the Fontainhas trilogy, but by the time I'd posted it I couldn't remember whether my initial intention was sincerity or comedy. Then I realised that this was just as unimportant as the meaning of acting to me. It could mean affecting a bad Irish accent to annoy Jedi, or it could mean nothing more than the ownership of a well-proportioned facial structure and the exhibition of this structure to the world. Either way I don't understand it.


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Then I decided to say that my favourite acting performance ever is Vanda Duarte in the Fontainhas trilogy, but by the time I'd posted it I couldn't remember whether my initial intention was sincerity or comedy.
Ha. I almost put her on my list, thought about the fact that she wasn't "acting," got confused, and left her off. She's certainly the reason those films succeed, though (or, the first two, anyway).

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It could mean affecting a bad Irish accent to annoy Jedi

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Circus Freak is the best thing ever. Post more!

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While cameras may swoop and sequences can be spliced together to give the impression of change, actors are the living counterpart to these tools. Every motion, every utterance, is as capable as any other cinematic apparatus of infusing cinematic sequences of moments with an impression, a meaning, an idea, a context, a question, and is probably more capable of pulling forth an emotional contortion. Each movement has the potential to be imbued with the possibilities of dance, each vocalization has the potential to be imbued with the possibilities of music. To some degree actors are trapped by their directors, typically subservient to directors' desires and unable to find their own spaces. The best opportunity for an actor is surely to be an untethered 'extra', able to choose their place in the frame, their posture, their behavior, their vibrations, and even the other actors. Imagine the potential of the un-directed actor - when the 'romantic leads' are monopolozing the majority of the foreground in a pointless travesty of a shot the self-directed extra is free to push them aside, engage with or set herself against her surroundings, and eventually make the world into her stage. At the same time, the actor is the least prepared for cinema as she does not have film running through her innards, she cannot be cut into pieces (legally), she can only infer the camera's point of view, and she must contend with the other elements of living which simultaneously provide such a vibrant array of possibilities. It's a difficult art form, often placed in an unfortunate creative conflict, and history is littered with the wasted potential of great artists confined to a prison built by cameras and filmstrips.


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favourite actor go

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well done

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many of us discussed our favorites on the previous page, jesus


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first page was favourite performances now it is favourite actors

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no, some of us actually said favorite actors, like me and vasco and ribbon and shield, and i bet many fav performances also contain their favorites but ok

maybe u just want a single favorite


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probably jean-pierre leaud


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he was great in the one movie i've seen him in

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Harry Dean Stanton seems to only be in good films. Seems like more than a coincidence.

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i'm nearly always impressed by kate winslet I must say

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i like her in esotsm, everything else samey

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mildred pierce
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she's best in little children i think


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Klaus Kinski

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nice, Kurz, he's amazing


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i'm nearly always impressed by kate winslet I must say

not rly ever
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if just one, & alive, jeremy irons

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cary grant is the only actor that matters.


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honestly though, statham and milla

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if just one, & alive, jeremy irons

And dead, that one guy?

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Gene? He's not an especially talented actor. Once Kirk Douglas dies, if ever, him.

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What do you guys think of David Thewlis? I recently saw Naked, so I've been thinking a lot about his performance.


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Thewlis is always good but never better than in Naked

for dead I like Gary Cooper and Gene Tierney


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I don't have a favorite actor. There are personalities, and certain airs of charisma I enjoy. Or as Circus Freak noted, maybe I just like to look at these people on screen.

George Clooney
Klaus Kinski
Jean Gabin
Jean Seberg
Anna Karina
Hanna Schygulla
Harry Dean Stanton
James Taylor (In Two-Lane Blacktop)
Irene Jacob
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Javier Bardem
Kelly MacDonald
Idris Elba
Peter Sellers
Barbara Steele
Elliot Gould
Marlene Dietrich
Louise Brooks
Delphine Seyrig
David Thewlis


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Zohra Lampert, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
:fresh: :fresh: :fresh: this is as good as Acting gets

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Gene? He's not an especially talented actor. Once Kirk Douglas dies, if ever, him.
Well, sure, but you kinda love him above else and he is an actor of sorts. Also, never! When all of humanity is gone, him and Christopher Lee will share a sandwich.

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Well, sure, but you kinda love him above else and he is an actor of sorts. Also, never! When all of humanity is gone, him and Christopher Lee will share a sandwich.

Well, yeah, but he's like, my favorite dead human being. Not my favorite dead actor. i mean rite?!

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What do you guys think of David Thewlis? I recently saw Naked, so I've been thinking a lot about his performance.


That's one of my favourite performances ever.

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but seriously, Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene is why screen acting is valuable

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more like why cleavage is valuable, amirite?!?!!?

but yeah


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Also, Claire Danes in Homeland is legitimately great. She deserves the acclaim.

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she's best in little children i think

yep. share your feeings.

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ew little children is awful, stop it


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