Monday, April 30, 2007

Favorite Actor Monday

Burt Lancaster delivered his lines the same way, same cadence, same tone, in every film of his I've seen (except for "The Leopard," in which his voice is dubbed in Italian), but his performances still managed to be richly varied. How did he do that? Facial expressions and body language are part of the answer, but the rest is a mystery. There are many films he's in I want to see but haven't yet. He's good in "Field of Dreams," but I can hardly recommend that. Additionally, he started out in showbiz as a circus acrobat.

The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946)
Criss Cross (Robert Siodmak, 1949)
Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957)
Elmer Gantry (Richard Brooks, 1960)
A Child Is Waiting (John Cassavetes, 1963)
The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)
Ulzana's Raid (Robert Aldrich, 1972)
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (Robert Altman, 1976)
Atlantic City (Louis Malle, 1980)
Local Hero (Bill Forsyth, 1983)

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