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Juliette Binoche in Three Colors: Blue (1993) as Julie de Courcy
Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List (1993) as Amon Göth
And, la de da, I talk about The English Patient again. There Ralph is doing so well at turning an occasionally stolid character into something of a romantic hero. How? He can be charming without playing charming. It's an essential tool here, too, where this almost demon is not just a demon and where the script might engender more simplistic readings of the character Fiennes' ability to intrigue, charm and fascinate becomes key to the performance's goodness. Random: If few cry like Juliette, few have as flawless diction as Ralph when giving insults.
(Not so) Random: Naturally, the two were in The English Patient together. So, it's the Count vs the Nurse (just not for those roles.
Stevee (Cinematic Paradox) is a big fan of Ralph's performance here.
Paolo (Okinawa Assault Incident) zeroes in on some key intricacies of Ralph's performance.