The 31st Best Actor of All-Time: Jean Gabin

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best film:  The Grand Illusion though I’m really close to saying Ophuls’ Le Plaisir. I’ve only seen Le Plaisir once (I was blown away) so I hope to revisit and confirm soon. Still, for the

The 31st Best Actor of All-Time: Jean Gabin2020-07-03T10:30:14+00:00

The 32nd Best Actor of All-Time: James Cagney

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best film:  White Heat by a mile. As good as Yankee Doodle Dandy is and Roaring Twenties (Cagney’s second best film) is the answer here is easily the 1949 crime masterpiece. Cagney is a bat

The 32nd Best Actor of All-Time: James Cagney2020-07-03T10:30:14+00:00

The 33rd Best Actor of All-Time: Kirk Douglas

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best film:  I’m overdue for a Kubrick retrospective and haven’t seen Paths of Glory in years but I think I’m giving the edge here to Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past. Out of the Past

The 33rd Best Actor of All-Time: Kirk Douglas2020-07-03T10:30:16+00:00

The 34th Best Actor of All-Time: Bill Murray

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best film:  Lost in Translation. I had Sofia Coppola’s masterpiece one slot above Wes Anderson’s (Royal Tenenbaums) towards the back end of my top 100 of all-time when I last updated it (#88 and #89

The 34th Best Actor of All-Time: Bill Murray2020-07-03T10:30:16+00:00

The 35th Best Actor of All-Time: Sean Connery

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best film:  The Hill which I’ve seen twice and don’t understand why it’s not held in a higher regard amongst cinephiles and critics. It’s skillfully shot, features a large set piece (title of the film),

The 35th Best Actor of All-Time: Sean Connery2020-07-03T10:30:16+00:00

The 36th Best Actor of All-Time: Tom Hanks

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best film:  Saving Private Ryan and now that we’ve had a little bit of distance between now and Hanks’ best work I don’t think this one is particularly close. I think there are a number

The 36th Best Actor of All-Time: Tom Hanks2020-07-03T10:30:16+00:00

The 37th Best Actor of All-Time: Denzel Washington

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best film:  Malcolm X is a masterpiece. It’s different than David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia in some ways (lush 70mm exteriors, how much of the life is covered) but similar in others (aggressively stylistic from

The 37th Best Actor of All-Time: Denzel Washington2020-07-03T10:30:16+00:00

The 38th Best Actor of All-Time: Clark Gable

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best film:  Gone With the Wind is a masterpiece of epic movie-making. Whether it’s the gorgeous color photography, crane shots (in combination with a myriad of extras to provide proper scope), writing or acting—it’s a

The 38th Best Actor of All-Time: Clark Gable2020-07-03T10:30:17+00:00

The 39th Best Actor of All-Time: Sean Penn

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best film:  It’s tempting to forget Sean Penn is in The Tree of Life. That’s not a good sign for him in terms of his impact on the film’s masterpiece status. I think of Jessica

The 39th Best Actor of All-Time: Sean Penn2020-07-03T10:30:17+00:00

The 40th Best Actor of All-Time: Joseph Cotton

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best film:  Citizen Kane by an eyelash over The Magnificent Ambersons and The Third Man (I don’t count Touch of Evil really because Cotton’s role is a small cameo). Cotton has been in four of

The 40th Best Actor of All-Time: Joseph Cotton2020-07-03T10:30:17+00:00

The 41st Best Actor of All-Time: Jean-Louis Trintignant

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best film:  The Conformist is a visual high-wire act from Bertolucci. It’s easily Bertolucci’s strongest effort (and that’s saying something because 1900 and Last Tango in Paris are excellent films). However, it doesn’t work nearly

The 41st Best Actor of All-Time: Jean-Louis Trintignant2020-07-03T10:30:17+00:00

The 42nd Best Actor of All-Time: Edward Norton

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best film: I think Norton has been in 12 archiveable films and five of them are masterpieces. I’m throwing out his work with Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest) as he’s just not a

The 42nd Best Actor of All-Time: Edward Norton2020-07-03T10:30:17+00:00
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