All heil the meme! Recently, we were tagged by Tony at Cinema Viewfinder to participate in the 20 Actors Meme. You are basically supposed to choose your 20 favorite actors, no matter the time, place...you know, a good ole fashioned free for all! Tony included his favorite performance by each actor, which I thought was a pretty good idea so we have continued that here. With our plethora of writers here, I decided to have the four of us each select our top 5 actors. A tough call for sure, but it made things much more interesting (and European) than if we all selected 20...which would have been crazy. Anyways, enjoy the list. I have listed initials by each actor for the corresponding writer who chose him. If you're not sure who's who, check the contributors list on the right side of the page. That'll clear it up.
Thanks again to Tony! If you wanna participate, go for it and let me know. I'll call it a tag post-haste.
PS- You may be wondering why the Brakhage image is the heading for this post. Well...I don't know why. I just like looking at it. Can Brakhage's use of color count as an actor?
Tetsuo Abe - Boy (CW)
Charles Chaplin- City Lights (JH)
Robert De Niro - Taxi Driver (BC)
Alain Delon - Le Samourai (CW)
Bruno Ganz- Downfall (JS)
Elliott Gould - The Long Goodbye (CW)
Olivier Gourmet- The Son (JH)
Alec Guinness- The Bridge on the River Kwai (JS)
Erland Josephson - Nostalghia (BC)
Buster Keaton - Sherlock, Jr. (BC)
Klaus Kinski- Aguirre: The Wrath of God (JS)
Jean Pierre Leaud- Out 1 (JH)
Tony Leung - Happy Together (CW)
Marcello Mastroianni - 8 1/2 (BC)
John Malkovich- Burn After Reading (JH)
James Murray - The Crowd (CW)
Tatsuya Nakadai- Human Condition Trilogy (JS)
Jimmy Stewart - Vertigo (BC)
Max von Sydow- The Seventh Seal (JS)
Ulrich Thomsen- The Celebration (JH)