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Emil Miller
05-17-2010, 05:05 PM
Which is the greatest single acting performance that you have witnessed in the cinema?


You have pointed out the impracticality of asking for a single performance and I agree.
So let the question be: Which are the greatest acting performances you have witnessed in the cinema?

Gilliatt Gurgle
05-17-2010, 10:26 PM
Brian,

There are so many choices but the first thing that comes to mind is Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG9tuuznL1Y

Gilliatt

MANICHAEAN
05-18-2010, 07:05 AM
Difficult to choose:

George C.Scott in "Patton"

Rod Steiger in "The Pawnbroker"

Harry Andrews in "The Hill"

Liam Nielsen in "Schindlers List"

Lokasenna
05-18-2010, 09:45 AM
Though there are many worth mentioning, Bruno Ganz' depicition of Hitler in Downfall leapt immediately to mind.

Sebas. Melmoth
05-18-2010, 10:59 AM
Kate Winslet in The Reader.

loe
05-18-2010, 12:13 PM
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".

Emil Miller
05-18-2010, 12:48 PM
Since altering the Original Post, these are mine:

Celia Johnson - Brief Encounter
Trevor Howard - Brief Encounter.
Giuletta Masina -Juliet of the Spririts + La Strada.
Orson Welles - Citizen Kane + The Third Man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNUrv6Yxxc8
Marlon Brando - A Streetcar Named Desire.
Charles Laughton - The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Kirk Douglas - The Champion + The Glass Menagerie.
John Mills - Tunes of Glory.
Spencer Tracy - Bad Day at Black Rock.
Alan Ladd - Shane.

Scheherazade
05-18-2010, 12:53 PM
I thought Keiko's performance in "Free Willy" was amazing as well...

http://www.elsaelsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/free_willy.jpg

Rest in peace, Keiko!

keilj
05-18-2010, 04:36 PM
Pacino in Scent of a Woman ranks pretty high on my list

I agree about Winslet in The Reader. There were certain scenes in that movie were she was doing some incredible, incredible acting

Gilliatt Gurgle
05-18-2010, 09:41 PM
Difficult to choose:

George C.Scott in "Patton"

Liam Nielsen in "Schindlers List"




Spencer Tracy - Bad Day at Black Rock.
Alan Ladd - Shane.

Great selections !!

Another particular favorite of mine - "The Best Years of Our Lives"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3EsNKlB7os

Gilliatt

MANICHAEAN
05-18-2010, 11:41 PM
Brian
Your selection certainly took me back in time & stirred some memories i.e. taking a first date from Kensington up the West End to see John Mills in Tunes of Glory.

L.M. The Third
05-19-2010, 01:08 AM
Emma Thompson in "Wit". Though I guess it was made for tv, not cinema.

Emil Miller
05-19-2010, 10:55 AM
Brian
Your selection certainly took me back in time & stirred some memories i.e. taking a first date from Kensington up the West End to see John Mills in Tunes of Glory.

My first cinema date was a bit before that but I don't remember the film except that it was in technicolour and the girl was a delightful 17-year-old. If it had been Tunes of Glory I would definitely have remembered it. John Mills received best actor award at the Venice film festival for his part that year (1960) although Alec Guiness also gave an outstanding performance.

pjjrfan1
06-11-2010, 10:43 PM
Jack Nicholson -5 easy pieces.
Robert De Niro-Taxi Driver
John Wayne-the Searchers
Dustin Hoffman-Midnight Cowboy
Kirk Douglas-Paths of Glory
Rod Steiger-Pawnbroker
Orson Welles-The Stanger
Sophia Loren-Two Women
Bette Davis-Whatever happened to baby jane
Paul Newman-The Hustler,cool hand luke,
Elizabeth Taylor-Who's afraid of Virginia Wolff
Anthony Quinn-Viva Zapata, Zorba the Greek
Marlon Brando-On the Waterfront
I've seen alot of movies these are my personal favorites, I have about a thousand more.

The Book
06-11-2010, 10:45 PM
Joe Pesci - Goodfellas

ADRIAN0628
06-18-2010, 02:44 AM
Anton Walbrook in The Red Shoes floored me.

prendrelemick
06-19-2010, 03:52 PM
The great and under appreciated Carl Malden in One Eyed Jacks.

janesmith
06-21-2010, 08:06 AM
As a film fanatic, this is a really difficult one to answer but I have to say that Adrian Brody was brilliant in The Pianist.

DanielBenoit
06-30-2010, 01:08 AM
Off the top of my head, but the top four are certain:

1. Maria Falconetti - The Passion of Joan of Arc
2. Buster Keaton - The General
3. Charlie Chaplin - City Lights
4. Takashi Shimura - Ikiru
5. Orson Welles - Chimes at Midnight
6. Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
7. Marcello Mastroianni - 8 1/2
8. Peter O'Toole - Lawrence of Arabia
9. Setsuko Hara - Late Spring
10. James Stewart - Vertigo
11. Robert DeNero - Raging Bull
12. Emil Jannings - The Last Laugh
13. James Mason - Lolita
14. Erich von Stroheim - La Grande Illusion
15. Anatoly Solonitsyn - Andrei Rublev
16. Klaus Kinski - Aguirre, The Wrath of God
17. Orson Welles - The Third Man
18. Marlon Brando - Last Tango in Paris
19. James Stewart - Harvey
20. Ingrid Bergman - Casablanca
21. Robert DeNiro - Taxi Driver
22. Lillian Gish - Broken Blossoms
23. Jean Renoir - The Rules of the Game
24. Gena Rowlands - A Women Under the Influence
25. Jean Moreau - Jules et Jim

sixsmith
06-30-2010, 10:24 PM
I'll preface my selections by stating that, unlike Daniel, I don't watch a great deal of 'foreign' films.

1. Marlon Brando - Apocalypse Now

and the rest in no particular order:

Robert De Niro - The Deer Hunter
Robert De Niro - Taxi Driver
Robert De Niro - Raging Bull
Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke
Alan Ladd - Shane
Bruno Ganz - Downfall
Ben Kingsley - Sexy Beast
Daniel Day Lewis - Gangs of New York
Daniel Day Lewis - My Left Foot
Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront
Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain
George C Scott - Patton
Al Pacino - Dog Day Afternoon
Yul Brynner - The King and I
Orson Welles - Citizen Kane



It also appears that I am oblivious to women when they are on screen.

minstrelbard
06-30-2010, 10:39 PM
In no particular order:

Anthony Quinn, Lawrence of Arabia
Jodie Foster, The Silence Of The Lambs
Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption
Gene Hackman, Unforgiven
Robert De Niro, Casino
F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus
Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects
Tom Hanks, Road To Perdition
Holly Hunter, Broadcast News

EDIT: Robert Shaw, Jaws

pjjrfan1
07-17-2010, 03:30 PM
Abraham was awesome in Amadeus, the scene where he is reading Mozart's music given to him by Mozart's wife takes my breath away.
I just saw James Mason in Odd man out and the guy is great in that movie.

spookymulder93
07-17-2010, 11:01 PM
I don't think anyone mentioned Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.

Emil Miller
07-18-2010, 05:43 AM
Abraham was awesome in Amadeus, the scene where he is reading Mozart's music given to him by Mozart's wife takes my breath away.
I just saw James Mason in Odd man out and the guy is great in that movie.

James Mason was perfect for his role in Odd Man Out and so were the rest of the cast. Carol Reed directed with his usual sure touch and Robert Krasker's black and white photography was superb in capturing the bleak atmosphere of post-war Belfast. The only fault with the film is that it appears to sympathise with Irish terrorists who, at the time it was made, were killing people in a bombing campaign.

Musicology
07-20-2010, 05:18 PM
Alec Guinness in multiple roles in the film, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets'

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=5XGOyS89gjw&feature=related

Emil Miller
07-22-2010, 03:46 PM
Checking through some of my old British Film Institute stills, I found this picture of Jayne Wyman in The Glass Menagerie (1950). Hers was a great performance in a superb film.


http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss260/brianbean/scan0022-2.jpg

Emil Miller
07-28-2010, 12:31 PM
Now I know this is rather naughty but I couldn't resist it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KyBdPeKHg

Sebas. Melmoth
07-28-2010, 12:49 PM
Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke.

A classic.

But even better is Newman's bad-man anti-hero in Hud.

kelby_lake
11-24-2010, 06:20 PM
Anton Walbrook in The Red Shoes floored me.

Agreed :D

Emil Miller
11-24-2010, 08:24 PM
Agreed :D

Thanks for reviving this thread. Here is a scene that says it all, most directors and actors since are like children playing at it. The quote below underlines the paucity of GROWN UP film makers. In comparison they are mere amateurs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnrYBq0SONI


The Third Man is a perfect film. It is astonishing how superior black and white
cinematography is to color when done by Robert Krasker, whom I
have never heard of. Scorsese knowingly stole this scene and put it in The Departed. Amateurs borrow, geniuses steal. Orson Welles at his playful best.

mickbrian1231 1 month ago

Gilliatt Gurgle
11-25-2010, 11:53 AM
..Here is a scene that says it all, most directors and actors since are like children playing at it. The quote below underlines the paucity of GROWN UP film makers. In comparison they are mere amateurs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnrYBq0SONI



Wow!

I'm not familiar with "The Third Man", but the clip you posted has certainly piqued my interest.
She just walks on by, eyes fixed straight ahead and he seems to take in stride casualling reaching for a cigarette.

Thanks for sharing.

.

Emil Miller
11-25-2010, 12:46 PM
Wow!

I'm not familiar with "The Third Man", but the clip you posted has certainly piqued my interest.
She just walks on by, eyes fixed straight ahead and he seems to take in stride casualling reaching for a cigarette.

Thanks for sharing.

.

If you haven't seen it Gilliatt, don't hesitate as it is one of the most atmospheric films ever made. Story by Graham Greene, directed by Carol Reed, camerawork by Robert Krasker. All great names in in their respective fields and with a terrific cast including Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard and a host of marvellous supporting actors. The girl is Alida Valli and if you watch the film you will see why she refuses to acknowledge him and passes him by .

Tallon
11-26-2010, 04:11 PM
Peter O'Toole - The Lion In Winter

Emil Miller
12-04-2010, 07:50 PM
Here is another great screen performance by Richard Burton in The Spy who Came in From the Cold. Anyone who had experience of East Germany during 1960s, will recognise the truth of this exceprt.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqJdWzwiqHU

hazelk
12-07-2010, 06:35 PM
Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen.

Emil Miller
03-17-2011, 08:03 AM
Here is a great screen performance from Broderick Crawford,
you can forget the remake, like virtually all remakes they never come near the original. The second clip is of the man Crawford was playing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgJC4Pu_tbo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avGl7k4OGJY

Emil Miller
03-29-2011, 01:43 PM
Here are two great screen performances.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_lToyPAUyE

Mutatis-Mutandis
03-29-2011, 07:28 PM
How has Daniel Day Lewis not been mentioned yet? His performances in My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood are unequaled.

LitNetIsGreat
04-01-2011, 07:07 PM
Manhattan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5owXCZ0CDg&NR=1&feature=fvwp

(Opening:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyaj2P-dSi8&feature=related)

Emil Miller
04-02-2011, 05:19 PM
This film made in 1938 by Sergei Eisenstein is the clearest example that Stalin knew war was coming despite the Soviet Nazi pact of 1939.
It remains one of the greatest propaganda films ever made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDAqLqHNF4w

LitNetIsGreat
04-03-2011, 06:45 PM
I'm not saying that this is a classic screen performance, but I love this scene from Shadows and Fog, the best bit in the film for me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7QllThXrLE

chipper
04-06-2011, 01:18 AM
at the risk of being branded "highly commercial" - heath ledger's performance in dark knight is chilling.

jlb4tlb
04-15-2011, 09:00 PM
Humphry Bogart---Casablanca
James Cagney---1,2,3
Robert DeNiro---Raging Bull
Cary Grant---North by northwest
James Stewart---Rear Window
John Wayne---The Searchers

Sissy Spacek---Coal Miners Daughter
Katharine Hepburn---Bringing up baby
Ingrid Bergman ---Casablanca
Bette Davis---What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Susan Hayward---I want to live.
Julie Andrews--The Sound Of Music

Emil Miller
04-20-2011, 03:16 PM
Here's a truly great screen performance.

http://youtu.be/IFabjc6mFk4

Emil Miller
04-24-2011, 06:49 PM
Somebody has to do something about the self-aggrandising posts about Mozart that have been boring this web site for the last six months or more.

http://youtu.be/I7y2FL1lgrw

ralfyman
04-28-2011, 08:08 AM
Also, Laurence Olivier in Hamlet and Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai.

Propter W.
05-04-2011, 02:59 PM
I recently saw 127 hours and I thought James Franco did a great job.

Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman springs to mind as does Daniel Day-Lewis in In The Name of The Father.

Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder.

Emil Miller
05-07-2011, 06:50 PM
This is an excerpt from Tiger Bay with good performances all round and especially from little Hayley Mills who gives a truly great performance.

http://youtu.be/oyio8ZtlVys

Desolation
05-08-2011, 01:24 AM
Robert De Niro - Taxi Driver, Once Upon A Time in America, Goodfellas, etc
Malcom McDowell - A Clockwork Orange
Jack Nicholson - The Shining
James Dean - Rebel Without A Cause
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men
Clint Eastwood - The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
John Goodman - Barton Fink
Edward Norton/Brad Pitt - Fight Club
Paul Newman - Cool Hand Luke
The red flickering light - 2001: A Space Odyssey

LitNetIsGreat
05-10-2011, 06:12 PM
The opening of Manhattan!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o6QKpNK9Cc
Boom!