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An Ongoing Compendium of My Favorite Performances

By: Adam K

A constant work-in-progress, this is a list of favorite performances in film, in alphabetical order by performer.


David Byrne in STOP MAKING SENSE (1984)

Charlie Chaplin in MONSIEUR VERDOUX (1947)

Robert De Niro in MEAN STREETS (1973)

Olivier Gourmet in THE SON (2002)

Makhouredia Gueye in MANDABI (1963)

Jean-Pierre Leaud in THE 400 BLOWS (1959)

Per Oscarsson in HUNGER (1966)

Peter O’Toole in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

Michel Piccoli in I’M GOING HOME (2001) – added 2 / 8

Bruno S. in STROSZEK (1977)

James Stewart in VERTIGO (1958)

Orson Welles in TOUCH OF EVIL (1958) – added 2 / 8


Marlene Dietrich in THE BLUE ANGEL (1930)

Falconetti in THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1928)

Lillian Gish in THE WIND (1928) – added 2 / 8

Kim Hye-ja in MOTHER (2009)

Christine Lahti in HOUSEKEEPING (1987)

Corinne Marchand in CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (1962)

Giulietta Masina in NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (1957)

Julianne Moore in SAFE (1995)

Silvia Pinal in VIRIDIANA (1961) – added 2 / 8

Thelma Ritter in PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953)

Mimi Rogers in THE RAPTURE (1991)

Simone Signoret in ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969)



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Matthew Schneider


For all the performances of these that I've seen, I couldn't agree more. Masina's in particular. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.