I am looking for great films that have an actor or actors as central characters. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate it.
Check out Center Stage which is about the wonderful silent actress Ruan Lingyu.
An Actor’s Revenge, The Purple Rose of Cairo(kind of), Synecdoche, New York…
Bhumika: The Role is a masterful drama about the disturbed life of a Bollywood actress.
Not all about actors, but Shyam Benegal is an amazing director anyway. You might want to watch Ankur first before you dive into Bhumika, you’re choice.
Out 1 (Jacques Rivette)
The Party (1968), Directed by Blake Edwards, really funny movie.
Oh, Tootsie is hilarious. A lot of that is Dustin Hoffman, and then there’s Bill Murray. But you’ve probably already seen it.
Heartily second Center Stage. Also:
George Cukor’s A Double Life (1947)
Richard Benjamin;s My Favorite Year (1982)
Theodoros Angelopoulos’ The Travelling Players (1975)
István Szabó’s Mephisto (1981)
Kelly and Donen’s _Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be (1942)
PT Anderson’s Boogie Nights
A Star is Born
Peter Yates’ _The Dresser (1983)
Seconding The Traveling Players.
All About EveWhatever Happened To Baby Jane?
some more titles:
The Hero (Satyajit Ray)
The Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné)
The Story of Late Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi)
E-Flat (Ritwik Ghatak)
My Case (Manoel de Oliveira)
Confessions Among Actresses (Yoshishige Yoshida)
Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos)
Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu)
The Love of Sumako the Actress (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
The Karamazovs (Petr Zelenka)
> In Search of A Midnight Kiss (not really “about” actors but has its moments)
> Stage Beauty
> Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
> Irma Vep
Opening Night (Cassavetes)
Lena’s Dreams (Gordon Erickson)
Great one, Laali!
A few more:
Mulholland Drive (Lynch)Inland Empire (Lynch)Traveling Actors (Naruse)The Straits of Love and Hate (Mizoguchi)Va savoir (Rivette)L’amour fou (Rivette)Around a Small Mountain (Rivette)All About My Mother (Almodóvar)The Lady Without Camelias (Antonioni)The Public Woman (Zulawski)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (Resnais)
Broken Embraces (Almodovar)