Monday, January 22, 2007

Favorite Actor Monday

Joseph Cotten could play menacing, charming, kind, foolish, evil, powerful, or despondent with almost-minute changes in facial expression. He wasn't obvious or flashy, but his best performances have such a powerful immediacy that they seem to be happening right now, at this moment. He was one of the very best.

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)
Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)


Krouchdog said...

I love Joseph Cotten. When I first saw Citizen Kane, I was like, "Who is that dude? He's great," and seeing The Third Man only confirmed that first impression.

casual ninja said...

that photo is amazing. it is like taps, but with a really dapper sort of fellow at the bar. i love seeing old pictures of people being normal.

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