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What is Vanessa Redgrave's Best Performance?

What do you think is Vanessa Redgrave's best film performance?

by Anonymousreply 84March 19, 2023 9:46 PM

Mary Debenham in Murder on the Orient Express

by Anonymousreply 1September 30, 2022 2:39 AM

Guinevere opposite Franco Nero/Camelot.

It was all downhill from there.

by Anonymousreply 2September 30, 2022 2:47 AM

I'm partial to her performances in Howards End and Prick Up Your Ears, but she was hilarious in an obscure comedy called Consuming Passions.

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by Anonymousreply 3September 30, 2022 2:53 AM

Her best performance?

Blaming the Jews, of course!

by Anonymousreply 4September 30, 2022 2:55 AM

As Renee Richards in Second Serve (1986)

by Anonymousreply 5October 23, 2022 7:54 PM

Glad to see DL-fave Julia doing well in the poll. Makes me want to have an egg with a warm roll.

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by Anonymousreply 7October 23, 2022 8:10 PM

I'm seriously un-starstruck, and yet I've landed in this place all the same. Vanessa Redgrave is something of the exception that makes me sit up and pay attention. How spectacular she can be with seemingly the least little effort. Further, she's one of those rare people who gets ever better looking with age.

I was having lunch with s friend and somehow I mentioned her name and he offered that he knew her, that he produced a film in which she starred. My friend has done lots of interesting and not obviously connected things, but I had no idea...and Vanessa Redgrave! I was fucking impressed.

by Anonymousreply 8October 23, 2022 8:38 PM

Vanessa is fading fast - her voice is going and she's very old, she's done a few interviews recently. Can't remember where.

by Anonymousreply 9October 23, 2022 8:46 PM

I enjoyed her in the 90s version of Wind in the Willows.

by Anonymousreply 10October 23, 2022 8:48 PM


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by Anonymousreply 11October 23, 2022 10:29 PM

Oof Madon’, where the fuck is Bella Mafia, OP?

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by Anonymousreply 12October 23, 2022 10:39 PM


by Anonymousreply 13October 23, 2022 10:46 PM

Has anyone here seen the Tv remake of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane with her as Blanche and Lynn as Jane?

by Anonymousreply 14November 3, 2022 3:16 PM

I love her in Howards End

by Anonymousreply 15November 3, 2022 3:18 PM

I have not seen a single one of those films

by Anonymousreply 16November 3, 2022 3:26 PM

^ My condolences

by Anonymousreply 17November 3, 2022 3:31 PM

R16 what have you seen her in?

by Anonymousreply 18November 3, 2022 6:24 PM

I enjoyed her as the sexually repressed hunchback nun in The Devils opposite Oliver Reed.

by Anonymousreply 19November 3, 2022 6:29 PM

I love her in most of the things I’ve seen her in. The ones I’m thinking off the top of my head are:

Wertherby Howards End The Devils Julia Prick Up Your Ears

by Anonymousreply 20November 3, 2022 6:36 PM

I've seen it R14. Vanessa is OK but Lynn is embarrassing as Jane. And John Glover in the Victor Buono role is even worse - a total freak show. Skip it.

by Anonymousreply 21November 3, 2022 6:55 PM

What is Lynn Redgrave’s best performance?

Georgy Girl? Gods and Monsters? The Happy Hooker?

by Anonymousreply 22November 3, 2022 7:10 PM

Sister Jeanne and Isadora for leads. Andromache and Ruth for supporting.

by Anonymousreply 23November 3, 2022 7:20 PM

Where the fuck is Mrs Dalloway?

by Anonymousreply 24November 3, 2022 7:21 PM

Top 5 IMO:


I don't much like her in THE DEVILS. She hits the same crazy bitch note over and over, but that's as much Ken Russell's fault. Oliver Reed gives the better performance.

I wish the full 168-minute roadshow version of ISADORA was available somehow. The only version I see on DVD is the 138-minute version - not even the 153-minute Director's Cut.

by Anonymousreply 25November 3, 2022 7:58 PM

She was good as Joley's mother in guest appearances on Nip/Tuck

by Anonymousreply 26November 3, 2022 8:03 PM

Did Streisand deserve to share the Oscar with Hepburn that year, or was Vanessa better than her? (Or both)

by Anonymousreply 27November 3, 2022 8:11 PM

Edith Evans deserved to win for The Whisperers in 1968 and Katherine to win alone for Lion In Winter in 1969. Babs could win for The Way We Were and Vanessa for The Bostonians.

by Anonymousreply 28November 3, 2022 8:17 PM

Vanessa was definitely better than Streisand, whose performance in FUNNY GIRL is only good in the comic and/or musical scenes. When things get more dramatic in the 2nd half, she's not good.

Honestly, I think Redgrave is better than Hepburn too. I've always been bewildered by the praise for THE LION IN WINTER. It's not a good script. Hepburn is only good when she's being bitchy/snarky. O'Toole just bellows a lot. The only truly good performance in the film is from Timothy Dalton.

Hepburn's other Oscar should have been for LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT in a tie with Anne Bancroft.

by Anonymousreply 29November 3, 2022 8:22 PM

Fuck you R29!

by Anonymousreply 30November 3, 2022 8:39 PM

No option for Other.

I would have picked her performance as the Evil Queen in the wonderful Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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by Anonymousreply 31November 3, 2022 8:52 PM

[quote] I was having lunch with s friend and somehow I mentioned her name and he offered that he knew her, that he produced a film in which she starred.

Was it a small film he didn't tell you about, R8?

Because she has appeared in LOTS of small films of little value.

by Anonymousreply 32November 3, 2022 9:08 PM

[quote] Where the fuck is Mrs Dalloway?

There's no need for foul language, R24!

by Anonymousreply 33November 3, 2022 9:10 PM

"Playing for Time" (1980)

by Anonymousreply 34February 10, 2023 1:47 AM

"Second Serve" (1986)

by Anonymousreply 35February 12, 2023 7:16 PM

I loved her in that episode when I was a kid R31. Even then, I was mesmerized by her willingness to be photographed so beautifully and then transform into those two crones she plays when she tries to kill Snow White. She really sold that role and gave it everything she had. I fell in love with her right then and there.

I also loved her guest spots on Nip/Tuck. She was very funny and captivating. It seemed like a surprising role for her to take at that point. It's hard to believe that was nearly 20 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 36February 12, 2023 7:25 PM

Howard’s End!! She was even nommed for it. The ponies in the paddock…..

by Anonymousreply 37February 12, 2023 7:58 PM

Whenever I hear her voiceovers on Call the Midwife I picture her literally phoning them in while she makes herself a sandwich.

by Anonymousreply 38February 12, 2023 8:11 PM

Guinevere in Camelot.

Unlike Julie Andrews, she actually brought the list to the month of May.

by Anonymousreply 39February 12, 2023 10:53 PM

It’s obviously The Devils, she’s utterly magnificent in that. Swings for the fences!

She has had so many attractive men for a woman who was never really a sexpot - she was very attractive but in a more elegant way. Franco Nero and Timothy Dalton being her longest term relationships, may we all be so lucky.

by Anonymousreply 40February 12, 2023 11:09 PM

She appeared in "Yanks", 1979. It was a superb movie, and her performance was sublime.

by Anonymousreply 41February 12, 2023 11:25 PM

Her performance in The Devils is so unhinged from the beginning there's no place for it to go. The only decent performance in that film is from Oliver Reed.

by Anonymousreply 42February 13, 2023 2:35 AM

Her Oscar acceptance speech for Julia in 1978.

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by Anonymousreply 43February 13, 2023 2:38 AM


by Anonymousreply 44February 13, 2023 10:01 PM

Mary, Queen of Scots gets my vote.

Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson gave definitive performances of the doomed Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. Subject has been done to death before and since but nothing tops this film.

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by Anonymousreply 45February 14, 2023 8:39 AM

I suppose we do need to think about this as Vanessa is near death.

by Anonymousreply 46February 14, 2023 9:50 AM

Redgrave at Vivienne Westwood's memorial. Sad last days?

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by Anonymousreply 47February 16, 2023 10:00 PM

I've also liked Vanessa's laugh. Very unique.

by Anonymousreply 48February 16, 2023 10:02 PM

She's Jane Fonda's favorite actress. She named her daughter Vanessa.

by Anonymousreply 49February 16, 2023 10:04 PM

Riding the dicks of young and gorgeous Timothy Dalton and Franco Nero

by Anonymousreply 50February 16, 2023 10:04 PM

[quote] he produced a film in which she starred.

Unfortunately she has appeared in too many films. 147 of them.

She's as undiscriminating as her father.

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by Anonymousreply 51February 16, 2023 10:05 PM

R9 I'm sorry to say her time is near.

The English would say she had "a good innings".

by Anonymousreply 52February 16, 2023 10:08 PM

[quote] What is Lynn Redgrave’s best performance?

That happened on stage.

All her appearances on screen were definitely hindered/circumscribed by the script, bad directors and editor etc.

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by Anonymousreply 53February 16, 2023 10:12 PM

R24 There's no need for bad language.

Especially now as we gather to pay tribute to an extremely talented performer who is now close to death.

by Anonymousreply 54February 16, 2023 10:14 PM

As great as many of these film performances are, her finest work is on the stage: LONG DAYS JOURNEY, YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, JEAN BRODIE.

by Anonymousreply 55February 16, 2023 10:14 PM

[quote] She's Jane Fonda's favorite actress

Chalk and cheese.

An American cat may look at an English queen.

by Anonymousreply 56February 16, 2023 10:18 PM

R53 Georgy Girl was pretty good.

by Anonymousreply 57February 16, 2023 10:18 PM

R47 Yes, definitely "Sad last days".

She is wearing Ugg Boots. And of course she is being led as she, unfortunately, has been vision-impaired if not half-blind for 40 years.

by Anonymousreply 58February 16, 2023 10:21 PM

When she's good, she's fairly without peers to my view. I can't not be absorbed in everything she says, every nuance, the look into her clear eyes that she opens up as though doors, the better to see inside her.

The last few minutes of Atonement (for which she more than deserved her nominations) requires no more explanation than what is shown in her eyes and her voice.

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by Anonymousreply 59February 16, 2023 10:23 PM

Sad last days.

She's been myopic for half century but she's now almost blind.

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by Anonymousreply 60March 10, 2023 6:52 PM

I love her in Wetherby. She was also great in Mrs. Dalloway.

by Anonymousreply 61March 10, 2023 6:58 PM

She is now a shell of what she was.

by Anonymousreply 62March 10, 2023 7:05 PM

Maid In Manhattan

by Anonymousreply 63March 10, 2023 7:14 PM

Maybe it's still her legendary Rosalind in "As You Like It"....there is audio of it on YouTube...it was also filmed, but I have only managed to see clips of it.

by Anonymousreply 64March 14, 2023 10:57 PM

Her guest starring role on NipTuck.

by Anonymousreply 65March 14, 2023 11:07 PM

I saw Julia for the first time recently and, while lovely to look at, I don't understand why Vanessa won an Oscar for it. She's fine, but the part was flimsy, just a vehicle for a '70s leftist to connect her activism to the Nazi Resistance. Of course the real woman on whom Lillian Hellman based her alleged friend later revealed herself in the 1980s. I would've voted for Tuesday Weld in Goodbar. Jason Robards barely registered, but I guess he was better than Baryshnikov and Alec Guinness

by Anonymousreply 66March 14, 2023 11:31 PM

It's Dame Vanessa you old queens!

by Anonymousreply 67March 15, 2023 12:27 AM

Julia was considered a more prestige film than Goodbar, and that counts.

by Anonymousreply 68March 15, 2023 1:20 AM

[quote]I saw Julia for the first time recently and, while lovely to look at, I don't understand why Vanessa won an Oscar for it. She's fine, but the part was flimsy, just a vehicle for a '70s leftist to connect her activism to the Nazi Resistance. Of course the real woman on whom Lillian Hellman based her alleged friend later revealed herself in the 1980s. I would've voted for Tuesday Weld in Goodbar. Jason Robards barely registered, but I guess he was better than Baryshnikov and Alec Guinness

She had a wooden leg! FFS!

by Anonymousreply 69March 15, 2023 8:35 AM

I only recently saw Julia as well and couldn't understand the hype at all. I found all the leads had done far better work elsewhere and, for every compelling scene, there were about 5 that were long and tedious.

by Anonymousreply 70March 15, 2023 5:22 PM

No one mentioned Evening where she plays an old woman dying and being cared for by her daughters Natasha Richardson and Toni Collette, and has flashbacks to when she was Claire Danes and Claire went to stay with Glenn Close's family which included a Streep daughter, and Claire fucked Streep daughter's hot fiancé and the brother killed himself or something because he wanted hot fiancé and Glenn Close HOWLED LIKE A WOLF IN PAIN and then the Streep daughter grew up to be Meryl and went to see Vanessa and then Vanessa died.

At least I think that's what happened.

by Anonymousreply 71March 15, 2023 7:38 PM

Anyone know what movie R71 is feverishly rambling about?

He makes it sound worth seeing.

by Anonymousreply 72March 15, 2023 7:48 PM

[quote]Anyone know what movie [R71] is feverishly rambling about?

The title of the movie is the 4th word of the post.

by Anonymousreply 73March 15, 2023 7:50 PM

Oops. Sorry about that.

Apparently my attention span is so bad now I can't make it to the end of a paragraph without forgetting the beginning of it.

by Anonymousreply 74March 15, 2023 7:52 PM

Vanessa bump...did anyone see her on stage? Her theater career goes a long way back and it's extensive. Everybody who saw it raves about her in Ibsen's "The Lady from the Sea," too.

by Anonymousreply 75March 17, 2023 9:12 PM

Yes, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY, MAGICAL THINKING, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, DRIVING MISS DAISY, HEARTBREAK HOUSE (London), and that weird little play with Jesse Eisenberg at the tiny Cherry Lane Theater, THE REVISIONIST. She was always brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 76March 17, 2023 10:35 PM

There was a book about Redgrave that came out around ten or so years ago...about her acting career but also about her extremist political life...I enjoyed it.

by Anonymousreply 77March 18, 2023 8:13 PM

I’m watching her now in A PICTURE OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD with Annette Crosbie and the ever handsome Jeremy Brett with curly hair.

I’m on an old BBC production kick and falling deeper and deeper thanks to YouTube.

I know I should learn to italicize but…

by Anonymousreply 78March 18, 2023 8:23 PM

I'd say "Committed Socialist Activist."

Best, if not most convincing.

by Anonymousreply 79March 18, 2023 8:26 PM


OHPHEUS DESCENDING not so much, but it's really not a very good play.

by Anonymousreply 80March 18, 2023 10:18 PM

Redgrave doesn't get enough love, respect, or discussion on the DL....in her prime, there was no better actor...no one more imaginative or poetic. She really was touched by genius of a kind, but it was a perverse genius, and it led her further and further off track.

by Anonymousreply 81March 19, 2023 8:52 PM

When I saw Atonement the first time, I was unimpressed with the movie as a whole...until Vanessa Redgrave showed up very late in the proceedings. She was incredible and riveting in what could have been a throw-away scene. True talent.

by Anonymousreply 82March 19, 2023 9:00 PM

[quote]When I saw Atonement the first time, I was unimpressed with the movie as a whole...until Vanessa Redgrave showed up very late in the proceedings. She was incredible and riveting in what could have been a throw-away scene. True talent.

I saw Atonement the day it was released in the cinema. I'd heard about a twist and made a point of not reading any reviews.

Vanessa's appearance came as a huge shock, as did Anthony Minghella, and then the plot reveal was so well done. I was sat in a daze reevaluating what I'd just seen and as soon as the credits started the movie stopped, the lights came on full and the Scissor Sisters' I Don't Feel Like Dancing started playing. It was like being woken up suddenly from a dream.

And yes, despite Briony Tallis keeping the exact same hairstyle over 70 years, Vanessa's performance was outstanding, as were Saoirse Ronan and Romola Garai. Garai was cast after filming had started and she made a point of carrying on Ronan's characterisation.

by Anonymousreply 83March 19, 2023 9:21 PM

She is lovely.

by Anonymousreply 84March 19, 2023 9:46 PM
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