It’s certainly not easy to create a limited compelling list of powerful and memorable acting performances in cinema history (and it would be quite impossible to include them all). Nevertheless, Yale Film Professor, Marc Lapadula, has undertaken that daunting task. According to New York Film Critic Richard Brody, just last year “The best cinematic performances don’t share some standard of craft or technique; what they have in common is a feeling of invention and discovery, of emotional depth and power, and a sense of self-consciousness regarding the idea and the art of performance itself. They also reflect broader transformations in the art of cinema during their times.”
The classic and contemporary movies we will examine (listed below) will showcase the talents of: Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Peter Sellers, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Cloris Leachman, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Day Lewis, Jodie Foster, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Sally Field, Javier Bardem, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, and others.
PART 2: The King of Comedy, The Shining, Blade Runner, Sophie’s Choice, The Accused, A Few Good Men, When Harry Met Sally, The Devil Wears Prada, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Winters Bone, Get On Up, Lady Bird, My Cousin Vinny, and more.
Enjoyed a look back at these great performances.