This list was inspired by Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson. It’s a film which offers a precise, personal vision of life, and of cinema itself. It’s also a film grounded in personal truth, personified by Adam Driver’s extraordinary central performance. His work seems to chime so perfectly with that of Jarmusch’s, at times you feel as though it’s the director himself up there on the screen.
Thanks to everyone who suggested titles. This has been one of the hardest lists to get down to ten. Notable exclusions included a volley of Godard titles (I try to limit it to one title per director per list), The Tenant (I try to avoid including the same title on more than one list) and The Blob (I count The Blob as an actor!).
Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani in Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016).
Buster Keaton in his own film, Sherlock Jr (1924).
Nominated by @SkotArmstrong.
Robert De Niro, Juliette Lewis, Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange in Cape Fear (Martin Scorsese, 1991).
@Gordo_Residento suggested this one.
Fritz Lang, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance & Giorgia Moll in Le Mepris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963). Suggested by @12pt9, @lintlvieno.
Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown & Christopher Sandford in Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970).
Thanks to @BoycottTrends for this one.
Shiang-Chyi Chen in Goodbye Dragon Inn (Ling-Miang Tsai, 2003).
@TarCiyatan nominated this.
Woody Allen in Play It Again, Sam (Herbert Ross, 1972).
Suggested by Layla_B66.
Jean-Pierre Leaud and Marie-France Pisier in Antoine Et Colette (Francois Truffaut, 1962)
Nominated by @Annatwigg.
Joel McCrea in Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941).
Thanks to @dean_frey and @cotardelusion .
Marcello Mastroianni in Splendor (Ettore Scola, 1989).
Thanks again to @jhpcine.