Top Ten 1952

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

The Italian neo-realists were huge on hiring non-professional actors as leads in their films, and this never paid off more than when De Sica got Carlo Battisti to play a retired pensioner trying to keep up in a world beyond his control in the director’s most powerful film Umberto D.  For a movie about an old man and his small dog, it is, surprisingly, not in the least bit manipulative or schmaltzy.

Honour Roll: Richard Burton, My Cousin Rachel; Gary Cooper, High Noon; Kirk Douglas, The Bad And the Beautiful; Michael Redgrave, The Importance Of Being Earnest

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS

My preference is for a performance that isn’t quite so showy but blends into the film’s perfection…

  • The Quiet Man

    1

  • High Noon

    2

  • The Life of Oharu

    3

  • Umberto D.

    4

  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    5

  • The Sound Barrier

    6

  • Singin' in the Rain

    7

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    8

  • Ikiru

    9

  • Moulin Rouge

    10