Once again we had a tremendous response to this list, and the narrowing-down-to-ten process was tricky to say the least. I try to mix it up; including titles from different eras and different aesthetics. If you want to see the complete list of titles suggested, go here.
Anna Karina in Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
Nominated by @ashesofthesoul.
Grace Kelly in Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
Suggested by @AndrewJCrowther and @realarsenalism.
Oskar Werner in Farenheit 451 (Francois Truffaut, 1966)
We had a few Truffaut nominations, but this being the ultimate book film, I could hardly leave it out. Thanks to @allanholloway and @lintlvieno.
Margaret Sullivan reads Anna Karenina, with James Stewart in Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around Corner (1940). Nominated by @Aljwhara.
Jean-Louis Trintignant in Ma Nuit Chez Maud (Eric Rohmer, 1969).
@TarCiryatan nominated this one.
Irene Jacob in La Double Vie De Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991).
@Roupies suggested this one.
Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson in Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
Suggested by @lintlvieno.
Monica Vitti reading Broch’s The Sleepwalkers, with Marcello Mastroianni, in La Notte (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961). Thanks once again to @jhpcine.
Adrienne Shelly in Hal Hartley’s The Unbelievable Truth (1989).
This was my pick.
Vincent Price in Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990).
Thanks to @sarahinwv.