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GREAT PERFORMANCES: DIANNE WIEST IN BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994)

By John H. Foote Long one of the most gifted actresses on film and stage, Wiest was already an Academy Award winner and nominee when she took the role of Helen Sinclair in Woody Allen’s farce Bullets Over Broadway. She had won her Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Allen’s…

GREAT PERFORMANCES:  JERRY LEWIS IN THE KING OF COMEDY (1983)

By John H. Foote For nearly all of his career, Jerry Lewis was seen as a buffoon, always portraying the monkey to his co-star’s organ grinder. When he was young it was refreshing to see such an energetic, dazzling talent who was fearless, willing to go as far as one can go. When he and…

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,…

FILM 2020 – ACADEMY CONTENDERS REFLECTING THE TIMES?

By John H. Foote Films are often thought to be a purely escapist art form when in fact some of the greatest films ever made both comment and educate on historical and modern happenings, often bringing fresh light to a difficult subject. The Battleship Potemkin (1921), a masterpiece of the Russian cinema, is generally regarded as…