Some of these are sweetly naive, and their bluntness renders them somewhat absurd, but nonetheless they offer a fascinating distillation of the actors themselves.
The trade-marks are as much to do with the actor’s own nature and what they bring to each role, as they are to the roles themselves. The scripts are always filtered through each actor’s creative individuality, giving a certain unity to their body of work.
” Volcanic tirade, smoke-burnished voice” – Al Pacino
“Often played outwardly light characters who are actually troubled” – Marcello Mastroianni
“Often played “snow-covered volcano” types (women whose icy surface mask untold passions or desires)” – Ingrid Thulin
“Often plays violently angry and yet extensively depressed men” – Robert De Niro
“Often plays mysterious characters with equally mysterious pasts” – Ralph Fiennes
“Remote beauty and impassive demeanor” – Monica Vitti
“Frequently played self-loathing characters, particularly in his later career.” – Richard Burton
“Often played proud patriarchs and authority figures” – Ralph Richardson
“She often played put-upon but distant Gallic beauties” – Anna Karina
“Gruff characters who claim to despise shows of human weakness but who end up frequently displaying it themselves” – Toshiro Mifune
“Her poised, calm, cool and collected demeanor and blond hair often coiffed in a bun” – Grace Kelly
“Performances in dramas where her characters were put through harrowing emotional ringers” – Ingrid Bergman