Acting is an art form, and behind every iconic character is an artist expressing themselves. The Great Performances is a recurring column in which Jacob Trussell explores the art behind some of cinema’s best roles.
If you are new to reading this column, we suggest starting with these entries:
Jordan Peele’s hit film was destined to become a new horror classic, but it’s narrative backbone is carried by Kaluuya’s magnetic performance as Chris Washington.
As chanteuse Sally Bowles, Minnelli conveys the soul of her character through song, dance, and dramatic specificity.
In this edition of The Great Performances, we celebrate the actor’s work in his first lead role.
Cox smartly resisted making her character, Gale Weathers, a stereotype of tabloid journalism by playing her with compassion in Wes Craven’s meta-horror classic.
In the pantheon of Killer Santa movies, the conversation begins and ends with Maggart’s quietly tragic performance in Lewis Jackson’s holiday horror classic.
Despite feeling “buried alive” by his makeup, he plays Dr. Seuss’ classic Christmas curmudgeon with heartwarming emotion.
As the forlorn mother of an evil twin, she delivers an acting masterclass in this Thanksgiving-themed slasher.
His modern approach to tackling the Bard’s dense language helped make one of the world’s most famous plays feel accessible to young audiences.
Multilayered doesn’t even begin to describe the complexities of her performance in David Lynch’s cryptic classic.