Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Best Actress 1976: Liv Ullman in Face To Face



Liv Ullman received her second Oscar nomination for playing D.r Jenny Isaksson in Face To Face. Jenny is a doctor who deals with mental illness, but she suddenly finds herself dealing with it herself with horrifying things to come. In the beginning, Liv Ullman plays Jenny in a subtle, arresting way- Jenny doesn't seem to have any sense of self , or she doesn't seem to know herself, and Ullman plays it perfectly. Jenny is a very difficult role to play, since Ullman must make her mental condition 100% convincing and not to get lost in her disturbing scenes by overracting or not knowing what to do with her character. And Ullman nails this. Another thing that makes her performance so stunning is that not only does she make Jenny's illness completely realistic, but also makes Jenny's struggle with her condition and her relationship with those around her incredibly real and heartbreaking. Liv Ullman gives a towering, mesmerizing performance, a must see, which gets

11 comments:

Sage Slowdive said...

We agree! Still hope Faye wins.

joe burns said...

I know! Would you have given the film a Best Director nomination?

Sage Slowdive said...

Absolutely...a Best Pic would have been great too.

joe burns said...

I meant Best Picture, lol, but did get a Best Director nomination! I thought it was good and a Directing nomination was worthy, but some of it was very hard to watch and didn't make sense to me. Still, Ullman was brilliant!

Sage Slowdive said...

Could you review Faye next?

joe burns said...

I was gonna do Barrault next, but yes, I will!

Sage Slowdive said...

Great!

Louis Morgan said...

Great write up. She could be your choice.

joe burns said...

Thanks!

Burning Reels said...

Hiya Joe, How's things?

I was just wondering how did you see Face to Face, as it isn't available on DVD over here.

joe burns said...

Hey! It's been a LONG time since I've heard you and things are doing pretty good! I saw Face To Face on Youtube and here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMR77A8aevI