Watching it, Steve asked "Is this one of the greatest screen performances ever?" It got us talking as to what we think really are the greatest performances committed to celluloid over the years.
Let's start with Michael Sheen as Old Big 'Ead. Why is it genius? For me, he captures the essence of Clough- the drive, the mannerisms, the ability, the hilarious but entirely earned arrogance, the refusal to capitulate to the money men that meant he was the best manager England never had. This scene is often quoted at home whenever anyone needs bringing down to Earth- "You can take all that and put it in the bin... 'cause you cheated."
Next up is Kevin Spacey's astounding turn in The Usual Suspects, by turns fragile and vulnerable and sly and calculated - but always a compelling storyteller. If you don't know the payoff to this story, make time soon to revel in one of the most finely-crafted tales ever put on film.
One of the ladies next, with Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage. Cruel, disdainful and utterly riveting every time she appears, her creation is one of the most repulsive characters to grace the screen.
How did you convey the nuances and detail of a character silently, in the days before sound? A masterclass from Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box. I recall the first time I saw this and I was hooked- both a schemer and a lost soul... Louise played it to perfection.
Alright, gents. Back to you. If I had to pick one performance from three incredible ones in Jaws (the rubber shark doesn't qualify) it has to be Roy Scheider, as Chief Brody. This is the second finest scene in the movie after the 'scar comparison' moment where Quint trumps them all with his story of the carnage of the USS Indianapolis.
Vincent Cassel is an actor who's come to our attention via his intense performances in La Haine, Black Swan and Trance, but here I choose his portrayal of French criminal mastermind Jaques Mesrine- two films, equally brilliant.
Shall we lighten things up with a story of familial murder and ambition? I think so. My all time favourite film is the masterpiece Kind Hearts and Coronets, ahead of its time and mercifully spared a remake, unlike its stablemate The Ladykillers. On the surface it's genteel. Underneath its comic heart is black as night. Dennis Price's performance is often overshadowed by the multiple roles played by the great Sir Alec Guinness, but Price more than holds his own and is a far more subtle actor than his colleague here.
Well, there's a few that spring to mind. I fully expect (and hope for) cries of "But what about.." and "How could you forget..."
Over to you, then.