Sunday, 26 August 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Round Two, Showdown 9

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.

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) as Hannibal Lecter
One of my favourite things about Anthony here is the way he doesn't lose his theatre panache in his rendering of Lecter. I think I may have read somewhere, someone saying that his Lecter is like something out of Shakespeare and it truly is a rather aphoristic performance. And, screentime be damned, he does command the screen whenever he appears tricking you into agreeing that the performance stands as a "lead" one. Random: Out of context, the level of exaggeration which seems to come with the performance should be subversively humorous, but he's scaring us so much we don't have time to laugh. 

Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998) as James Whale
Anna (Defiant Success) says of this performance that "McKellen displays a mixture of flamboyance and poignancy in his portrayal of Hollywood director James Whale, a challenge for some actors perhaps but a simple feat for Sir Ian."And the easy charm of Whale seems significantly like something McKellen could do in his sleep, but he doesn't just ease through the film. He's right there giving depth and realness to the performance taking the film to a higher plane each time he appears. Random: McKellen is so good with the charm that the film never becomes sentimentality tragic, even at the end. Also, he plays particularly well in key scenes with Redgrave.

Paolo (Okinawa Assault Incident) defends McKellen's Whale.

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