Sunday, 26 August 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Round Two, Showdown 10

Tomorrow the first two polls of Round 2 of the Essential Performances of the 90s closes, so get your votes in on those polls and all the other ones if you haven't already (all polls HERE).

The full bracket is HERE and if you’re new to the showdown, background on its genesis is HERE. If you’re interested enough and love any of the upcoming performances feel free to defend them on your own blogs and send me a link so (information HERE).

This poll closes on the 31st of August.

Anna Paquin in The Piano (1993) as Flora
"Paquin plays Flora with the bravado of someone much older." - Courtney
Jane Campion wins so many points for creating vivid characters and I can't quite submit one of them as "best" but the creation of Flora is at the top, and Paquin gives such a strong performance. It becomes difficult with child performances to extrapolate what's acting from what's natural projections, but the beauty of the performance is in its ability to devastate. Random: Courtney mentions it in previous write-up, but it's impossible to not be moved by the earnestness of Paquin's "You're not to see her or he'll chop her up." It's such an unemblisshed performance. Some of it comes from being a child, but much of it is owed to talent.

Brittani defends Paquin's work in The Piano.

Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility (1995) as Marianne Dashwood
"She becomes an emotional volcano primed to erupt." - Andreas
I've heard Austen's prose (and film adaptations of them) referred to as stuffy, which is especially bizarre considering how inherently comedic (or at least entertaining) they are. Winslet nails the whimsy, playfulness and earnestness of the prose is fine work turning Marianne into this very tangible girl bordering on womanhood making the conceits of her "tragedy" so much more profound because she understands that's just how a true teenager would react to it. Random: And, everything is made better by reciting Shakespeare in the rain, right?

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