Re: Off-day Ode to James Arness
posted at 6/9/2011 4:02 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Off-day Ode to James Arness
[QUOTE]harness, you're right about Friendly Persuasion. Cooper and Heston made a good pairing in The Wreck of the Mary Deare
and his odd pairing with Audrey Hepburn in Love in the Afternoon made for an amusing flick. You got it wrong with Hoffman and Tracy. In his early days, Hoffman was the Spencer Tracy of his time. I'm glad you mentioned Burt Lancaster. He was another excellent one from that era. And I agree with you about Bogart. He had underrated versatility right to the end with The Harder They Fall
. To me, Tracy remains the gold standard in terms of pure acting ability. He had great range in drama and comedy. Fury, Bad Day at Black Rock
, Captains Courageous
, Inherit the Wind
-- it doesn't get better in terms of acting. He was so great, you take his eight pairings with Katharine Hepburn and he still has an enviable catalogue of movies. As for Brando, max, I disagree. I always felt he was a bit overrated. He comes from method actor era and he always seem to be 'method acting.' That's not to wasn't great in some roles, but I agree with yazzer in putting Jack Lemmon , Robert DeNiro and Lancaster above him. And since we're in to later actors, I'd add Pacino, Nicholson and Paul Newman to the list above Brando. Oh -- and Walter Matthau. Of course, we've moved past Arness and westerns, but it's nice to have discussions where opinions are respected and people aren't ripping each other.
Posted by royf19
, you got great
taste in films. I found it interesting when Bogart talked about Rod Steiger, the poster boy for method acting, when they worked together in THE HARDER THEY FALL. It was an interesting clash of acting styles. But Steiger drove Bogart nuts with his long preparation.
What interests me is seeing how each style epitomized their era, or was the era but the result of the style?
Kinda like the Tracy/Hoffamn analogy (good one:)
In Cagney's/Bogart's day, the technology was in it's infancy in a sense. So actors had to verbally carry the load.
I think the intensity level rose with method actors. Their style blended with innovative camera work. And speaking of camera innovations, I always thought the wet/waxed look of the streets in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS was duplicated in TAXI-DRIVER.
Jack Lemon won an Oscar for SAVE THE TIGER (tremendous performance) when Redford/Newman cancelled each other out in THE STING, but what amazed me was that McQueen never was nominated for Pappillon.
And there are many critics who felt Paul Muni was the greatest actor of them all.