Film Talk

GREAT PERFORMANCES: GLORIA SWANSON IN SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

By John H. Foote Gloria Swanson had been a silent screen legend and a respected businesswoman, producing many films for various companies including her own. But by 1926 she had just $65 in her bank account and serious debts to pay. She was no longer a box office titan, and was listening to the advice…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: JODIE FOSTER IN THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

By John H. Foote For her superb performance as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, Jodie Foster won her second Academy Award for Best Actress, following her win for The Accused (1988) just three years before. It is rather rare for the Academy to honor an actor or actress so soon after they already have won once,…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: CHARLIZE THERON IN MONSTER (2003)

By John H. Foote Charlize Theron is a natural beauty with flawless skin, a shapely body, piercing eyes, she is woman incarnate. The first time I saw the film Monster in which she portrays serial killer Aileen Wuornos, I stayed for the second screening because I could not believe my eyes. Had Theron just given…

GREAT PERFORMANCES: FOREST WHITAKER IN THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2006)

By John H. Foote The first time I really noticed Forest Whitaker, the towering young actor, was stealing every second he was onscreen opposite Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986), portraying a pool shark. Playing with Newman’s Eddie Felson, he had convinced Eddie he was good, but not great when in fact he…