The 7th Best Actress of All-Time: Catherine Deneuve

  best film:   The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. There are really three candidates here. There is The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Repulsion (an often-overlooked Polanski masterpiece) and Dancer in the Dark (where Deneuve is in support of course). All three films land between 100-200 on the all-time list- with Demy’s masterpiece at the top. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is visually spectacular—a flood of color and a prime contender for the strongest compositions of the films from the French New Wave.   though not her debut, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg finds a 21-year old Catherine Deneuve in her first archiveable film- front

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The 6th Best Actress of All-Time: Jeanne Moreau

best film:   Jules and Jim. Jules and Jim is simply one of the crown jewels of the French New Wave on top of being one of the best films of all-time (currently sits at #19).  That ranking makes it the single highest rated film of the French New Wave, Truffaut’s career, and the best film from a French director. This category strengthens Moreau’s case. best performance:   Jules and Jim. Moreau is transcendent in Truffaut’s masterpiece as Catherine. Catherine is mercurial and Moreau dominates when she is on screen (sorry and all due respect to Oskar Werner and Henri Serre).

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The 5th Best Actress of All-Time: Lillian Gish

best film:  Intolerance is a giant masterpiece that has influenced everyone from Erich von Stroheim to David Lean to Christopher Nolan. Gish does not have a big role in Intolerance.  She plays the handle that rocks the cradle so to speak—a symbolic role- eternal mother or grandmother. As much as it as it is derided for the outrageously wrong and racist content—The Birth of a Nation is still a masterpiece so that is a candidate here though Intolerance is the stronger of the two films.   Lillian Gish in Intolerance- one of her five archiveable collaborations with D.W.

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The 4th Best Actress of All-Time: Barbara Stanwyck

best film:  Double Indemnity is a one of the greatest film noirs. The only real contender vying for the top slot as far as Barbara Stanyck's career is concerned is the The Lady Eve. The edge goes to Billy Wilder's noir here with stunning performances by Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, and, of course, Stanwyck. Stanwyck is the archetypal and greatest femme fatale in cinema history- and the essential resource here Senses of Cinema agrees.   best performance:  Double Indemnity but this might be closer than the category above with Stanwyck’s work in Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve.

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The 3rd Best Actress of All-Time: Juliette Binoche

best film:  Three Colours: Blue from Kieslowski and Cache from Haneke stand alone in the upper echelon for Juliette Binoche. Her split second role in Three Colours: Red is omitted from contention here.  She has a slew of films in a tier or two below: Lovers on a Bridge, Summer Hours, English Patient, Code Unknown.   Binoche has been as steady as a rock for decades- but her high-water mark is clearly 1993's Three Colours : Blue working with Kieslowski   best performance:  The answer is Three Colours: Blue and it is not close. This is no

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The 2nd Best Actress of All-Time: Liv Ullmann

best film:  Discussing Liv Ullmann’s best film really requires one to talk about Ingmar Bergman’s best. She is not in The Seventh Seal (made nearly a decade before they started collaborating) so that is out. She is not in Fanny and Alexander, either. But Bergman’s best single film is Persona so that is the answer here. Cries & Whispers is not far behind Persona. It is likely that both Persona and Cries & Whispers are two of the best fifty (50) films of all-time- and Liv is simply spectacular in both.   at 28-years-old Liv Ullmann would become

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The Best Actress of All-Time: Ingrid Bergman

best film: Casablanca is the winner here though Notorious is a masterpiece as well and I owe Rossellini’s Journey to Italy another revisit. Casablanca is deserving of its reputation and iconic status. Curtiz is not Hitchcock or Rossellini, but he directs the hell out of this one film and of course it has one of the best screenplays in Hollywood history.  Chief amongst the reasons to appreciate Casablanca are the lead performances by Bogart and Bergman. It is Bogart’s speech at the end but its Bergman’s emotional range (while Bogart plays Rick as more even and cool/steady) that help

The Best Actress of All-Time: Ingrid Bergman2022-04-13T17:21:33+00:00

The 10 Best Male Actors of the 2010s

I’ve been doing a “best male actors on the planet” list for years now but this is my first attempt at doing a male actors of a decade list. Here we go: Leonardo DiCaprio – DiCaprio had almost a perfect decade. It’s not worth dwelling too long on 2011’s J. Edgar’s miss--- but it is actually the easiest way to talk about the rest of the decade because the other six films he worked in were absolutely brilliant (and he is brilliant in them). He started the decade in 2010 with Inception and Shutter Island, 2012 brought us Django,

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The 10 Best Female Actors of the 2010s

I’ve been doing a “best female actors on the planet” list for years now but this is my first attempt at doing a female actors of a decade list. Here we go: Emma Stone – Emma Stone runs away with the #1 slot here with only four films from the 2010’s decade in the archives. Four isn’t a lot (unless you’re Daniel Day-Lewis), but included in those four are Birdman, La La Land and The Favourite and she’s sensational in all of them. Those are three of the best sixteen films of the decade. Stone’s standout performance, the one

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Best Actresses in the World- 2019

Emma Stone (1)- Stone would be number one on this list if we combined both male and female and it feels like it’s been a long time since you could say that. In the past five years she’s been dazzling in three masterpieces (Birdman, La La Land, and now The Favourite). That’s two more than any other actress during that stretch. I love Amy Adams and the others on this list but Stone is far and away the best actress in the world right now. Amy Adams (2)- Adams was great in Vice and that’s an archiveable film so 2018

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Best Actors in the World- 2019

Ryan Gosling (1)- Gosling’s addition of First Man is enough to keep him here. It’s not one of the best performances of the year—but it’s solid, and the other heavy-hitters, DiCaprio, DDL can’t overtake him as they didn’t work. Even Bale’s achievement in Vice, though it’s superior to Goslings, isn’t in a great film either. Daniel Day-Lews (3)- DDL did nothing to surpass Dicaprio in 2018 (they both took another year off) but Phantom Thread is two years more recent than The Revenant. Leonardo Dicaprio (2)- I want to move other actors past him but it was such a weak year

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The Top 100 Male Actors of All-time

Robert De Niro James Stewart Marlon Brando Humphrey Bogart Jack Nicholson Al Pacino Daniel Day-Lewis Toshiro Mifune Charlie Chaplin Cary Grant Marcello Mastroianni John Wayne Henry Fonda Paul Newman William Holden Klaus Kinski Dustin Hoffman Gene Hackman Clint Eastwood Leonardo DiCaprio Max von Sydow Robert Mitchum Brad Pitt Philip Seymour Hoffman Burt Lancaster Jean-Paul Belmondo Buster Keaton Montgomery Clift Tony Leung Tom Cruise Jean Gabin James Cagney Kirk Douglas Bill Murray Sean Connery Tom Hanks Denzel Washington Clark Gable Sean Penn Joseph Cotton Jean-Louis Trintignant Edward Norton Harrison Ford Takashi Shimura Joe Pesci Laurence Olivier Emil Jannings Harvey Keitel

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