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Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

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Flickers of Passion: Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter

No one has captured the complexities of forbidden love with more intimacy than Celia Johnson in David Lean’s classic romance.

By Dan Callahan

On Film / Features
Dec 21, 2017
Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale

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Outlier Looking In: Emmanuelle Devos in A Christmas Tale

Amid the tumultuous family dynamics on display in Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale, Emmanuelle Devos delivers a performance of remarkable subtlety and lyricism.

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Features
Dec 20, 2017
Wild Child: Amy Wright in Wise Blood

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Wild Child: Amy Wright in Wise Blood

The great character actress delivers a lusty, unbridled performance as a preacher’s daughter in this late-career gem from John Huston.

By Shonni Enelow

On Film / Features
Jul 4, 2017
Beauty and the Beast: Ralph Meeker in Something Wild

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Beauty and the Beast: Ralph Meeker in Something Wild

Known for playing sexy noir toughs, Ralph Meeker underwent a startling transformation as the anguished, slovenly male lead in Jack Garfein’s psychological drama.

Constant Compass: Uma Das Gupta in Pather Panchali

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Constant Compass: Uma Das Gupta in Pather Panchali

Writer Durga Chew-Bose explores her personal connection to Uma Das Gupta’s quietly captivating performance as a carefree young girl in the masterful opening installment of The Apu Trilogy.

By Durga Chew-Bose

On Film / Features
May 9, 2017
All-American Medea: Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers

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All-American Medea: Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers

A tragedian at heart, Shirley Stoler found her Medea in the role of a glowering bandit on the run in Leonard Kastle’s seedy true-crime drama.

By Nick Pinkerton

On Film / Features
Mar 22, 2017
Driven: Lindsay Crouse in House of Games

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Driven: Lindsay Crouse in House of Games

Film scholar Shonni Enelow reveals the methods of the Mamet style of acting in this examination of Crouse’s subtly feminist lead performance.

By Shonni Enelow

On Film / Features
Jan 31, 2017
Experience Necessary: Deborah Harry in Videodrome

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Experience Necessary: Deborah Harry in Videodrome

Traveling through the subterranean portals of Videodrome like an introverted wraith, Deborah Harry carries herself with the wry, burned-out, but still titillated instincts of a voyager buying a one-way ticket for the outer limits. A vivid, smallish p…

By Howard Hampton

On Film / Features
Dec 27, 2016
High Brow: Gloria Grahame in In a Lonely Place

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High Brow: Gloria Grahame in In a Lonely Place

Any paean to noir seductress nonpareil Gloria Grahame—mine included—can’t hope to surpass this encomium from Boyd McDonald, one of her most ardent and articulate devotees. Saluting Grahame’s performance in In a Lonely Place (1950) in his esse…

By Melissa Anderson

On Film / Features
Nov 28, 2016