Monday, 10 September 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Quarter Finals, Showdown 1

So, your votes have chosen the eight performances which have advanced to the quarter finals of the Essential Performances of the 90s Tournament, 5 men and 3 women and  now it's time for the voting again.

The full bracket is HERE and if you’re new to the showdown, background on its genesis is HERE.

The poll closes on Saturday.

Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) as Clarice Starling
"Lambs. The lambs were screaming."
 Originally, the film was to open with Clarice Starling and a male FBI agent in the middle of a drug bust. They were to burst into the room and make a number of arrests, and only then would the audience be let in on the fact that it was a training exercise. However Jodie Foster was able to convince director Jonathan Demme to change this scene, as she felt it had been done so many times before. It was Foster herself who came up with the idea of opening with Starling running through the assault course.

Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1998) as The Dude
"You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing."

 A lot of the Dude's clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges's own clothes, including his Jellies sandals.

Trvia via IMDB



Walter L. Hollmann said...

Two performances I adore, but which is more *essential*? How could one answer anything but Clarice Starling?

Amir said...

Actually Walter, I disagree. I think the better performance is Foster's but the more essential one is Jeff's. The essential performance from Lambs is Anthony Hopkins. I'm not sure what criteria I'm exactly using, but I think The Dude is a more definitive character for the cinema in the 90s than Clarice is.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

See, while Lebowski is 1997, I've always associated it as an 00s thing. That's the decade that solidified its cult status, and was more accepting of a stoner noir, mostly, I feel, because the 00s got more and more ironic.

Of course, that doesn't change the fact that Lebowski is a *90s* film, but this is my thought process when voting. Which may sound like nonsense when said aloud, but I gotta be me!

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

amir, walter hmmm, i'm pondering on both your thoughts. incidentally, as i've admitted before, i'm not altogether smitten with the phenom of the big lebowski or bridges in it (although i do think he's better than the film) but it does make you think on what qualifies as an essential performance.

(oddly, amir i'd say the character of lecter is more essential but i'd say the performance is not the film's most essential. so many options, though.)

Paolo said...

I respectfully disagree with Walter here. 00's movies and thus the performances in it feel glossier than its rawer versions in the 90's. Lebowski, both the Dude and the movie he belongs to, feels much of his decade. That and that Silence starts looking very 80's and that I have a crackpot idea that Silence was about us paying for our sins in the 80's.