Saturday, 15 October 2016

Alternate Best Actor 1960: Results

5. Pierre Brasseur in Eyes Without a Face - Brasseur gives an unorthodox and effective portrayal of a mad scientist, by emphasizing a subdued professionalism that is rather chilling.

Best Scene: The Doctor encourages his daughter to enjoy her new face.
4. Karlheinz Böhm in Peeping Tom- Böhm's work is unsettling as he allows the viewer to understand his killer's mind.

Best Scene: The studio murder.
3. Alain Delon in Purple Noon- Delon gives a very strong performance as he manages to capture the peculiar nature of Tom Ripley.

Best Scene: Tom tells Phillipe his plan.
2. Alec Guinness in Tunes of Glory- Guinness gives a compelling performance capturing a peculiar sort of bully who struggles to understand his own wrongdoing.

Best Scene: The final speech.
1. Richard Attenborough in The Angry Silence- Attenborough gives a moving and very effective portrayal of a modest man being slowly pushed to the edge.

Best Scene: "Shut up"
Updated Overall

Next Year: 1960 Supporting


Calvin Law said...

I've nothing for 1960 supporting.

Thoughts and ratings on -

Peter Finch in The Trials of Oscar Wilde
Montgomery Clift in Wild River
Dean Stockwell in Sons and Lovers
Robert Morley in Oscar Wilde
James Cagney in The Gallant Hours

Robert MacFarlane said...

I suggest skipping Supporting and going on to the next year,

Michael McCarthy said...

I'd still like to see a review of Sellers in Never Let Go, but other than that I can't think of anything.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

What are your updated top 5s for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress 1960 and the other female 4+ performances?

Calvin Law said...

I think one of the supporting gentleman from The League of Gentleman could be a good shout - Attenborough, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Bryan Forbes.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I'm kind of in the same boat as Robert, though I would review Martin Stephens in Village Of The Damned.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Rating and thoughts on Barbara Steele in Black Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Ratings and thoughts on Ralph Bellamy in Sunrise at Campobello (it's considered his greatest role) and George Hamilton and Mitchum in Home From The Hill.

RatedRStar said...

Tatsuya Nakadai - When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
Masayuki Mori - When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
Renato Salvatori - Rocco And His Brothers
Peter Sellers - Never Let Go
Martin Stephens - Village Of The Damned

Anonymous said...

Louis what are your very very quick thoughts on Wild River, Breathless, Oscar Wilde, The Trials Of Oscar Wilde and The Gallant Hours?

Varun Neermul said...

Dillil Kumar/Mughal -E- Azam

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Your top 10 male leading and supporting performances of the 2000s.

Louis Morgan said...


Finch - 4.5(Finch has a certain flamboyance that he brings but he shows it almost to be a weapon of the man. He brings a bit more somberness in general showing the way Wilde isn't quite being honest to his wife or even himself. He's particularly strong in the trial scenes offering first the passionate and witty defense of himself, then is rather moving as he falls apart attempting to explain himself.)

Clift - 4.5(Strong work from Clift here as he is rather intriguing in his portrayal of this unassuming man attempting to make rather extreme changes. Clift effectively though realizes this combination as he does convey a real earnestness in the man while being rather genuine in showing that perhaps he's a bit over his head. I especially loved his atypical chemistry with Lee Remick, as he remained always the meek one.)

Morley - 4(His approach is far more colorful as he makes Wilde much more innocent, and I don't mean that in terms of his perceived crimes. Morley makes his Wilde a likable man who really just wants to enjoy life, and does not struggle with himself the way we see in Finch's portrayal. This ends up being a simpler performance, but still an affecting turn. I actually thought his ending scenes were rather moving because Morley showed just a gentle soul being broken by the world)

Cagney - 3.5(It's a good performance from Cagney though he is limited by the very respectful depiction of the man. It just wants to show him as a good commander who wants the best for everyone. Now Cagney to his credit completely realizes this in a believable fashion, and makes him not just some symbol of a heroic soldier. I do wish he had gotten a real Patton type to sink his teeth into though.)

I think I covered Stockwell before.



Jean Simmons - Elmer Gantry
Sophia Loren - Two Women
Janet Leigh - Psycho
Shirley MacLaine - The Apartment
Deborah Kerr - The Sundowners


Melina Mercouri - Never on a Sunday
Barbara Steele in Black Sunday


Jean Simmons - Spartacus
Wendy Hiller - Sons and Lovers
Shirley Jones - Elmer Gantry
Jo Van Fleet - Wild River
Brenda De Banzie - The Entertainer


Moira Shearer - Peeping Tom
Lee Remick - Wild River
Glynis Johns - The Sundowners
Joan Plowright - The Entertainer
Mary Ure - Sons and Lovers
Kyoko Kagawa - The Bad Sleep Well

Louis Morgan said...


Steele - 4(She just fine as the damsel in distress, nothing special but completely serves the purpose of the part. She though brings the creepy rather well as the witch though, and adds some real Boris Karloff esque panache to the part)


Bellamy - 2(The whole performance is very broad, too broad I would say, and reminded an awful lot of Bill Murray in the same role, that's not a good thing when the role is FDR. Bellamy emphasizes the imitation too much to the point that his whole performance comes off as a little cartoony, and you never feel like you're really seeing Roosevelt or even a character at any point. It always feels like a caricature.)

Hamilton - 3.5(By the way he needs to play Andrew Garfield's grandfather in something, the guy's almost a dead ringer for him in this film. Anyway Hamilton gives a pretty good portrayal of the somewhat awkward maturation of his character, and effectively depicts this certain loss of innocence that goes along with that.)

Mitchum is supporting.


Wild River - (Effective film from Kazan, real sense of place, and intriguing kind of low key character relationships)

Breathless - (I've heard from Godard haters that this is his most tolerable film. Well then I'm in trouble for any future viewing since I couldn't stand the film)

Oscar Wilde/Trials of Oscar Wilde - (The original Capote/Infamous of its day. It is interesting how you get two approaches to the same story. Oscar being a more modest story, shot in black and white, that stays further from the homosexual element of the story creating instead a portrait of just injustice against a single man, while Trials goes bigger, in color, and tries to grapple a larger whole of the story. I think both are good, but neither are great. Either way it is interesting to see them side by side, particularly to see Ralph Richardson and James Mason go toe to toe with the exact same lines.)

Gallant Hours - (It's fine but perhaps a bit too respectful for its own good. It's very much to the point of depicting the efforts of both sides. It does this well enough but keeps everything somewhat detached emotionally.)



1. Viggo Mortensen - The Road
2. Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
3. Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James
4. Guy Pearce - Memento
5. Ulrich Mühe - The Lives of Others
6. Sharlto Copley - District 9
7. Ray Liotta - Narc
8. Tom Hardy - Bronson
9. Ray Winstone - The Proposition
10. Gene Hackman - The Royal Tenenbaums


1. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
2. Ralph Fiennes - In Bruges
3. Christoph Waltz - Inglorious Basterds
4. Ed Harris - A History of Violence
5. Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Watchmen
6. Bernard Hill - The Two Towers
7. John Carroll Lynch - Zodiac
8. Ben Foster - 3:10 to Yuma
9. Christopher Walken - Catch Me If You Can
10. Jackie Earle Haley - Watchmen

Calvin Law said...

Guys: Die Hard, 1950s version, William Holden as John McClane. Who else?

Louis Morgan said...


Without out a doubt.

Peter Ustinov as Gruber and Oskar Werner as Karl then?