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Posts Tagged ‘Top 10 Film Portrayals of 20th Century Leaders’

Brian Keith as Teddy Roosevelt The Wind and the Lion

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

Those looking for a thorough history lesson on North African geopolitics in this Milius sand-and-saber epic will be sorely disappointed. But it’s an enjoyable and completely watchable adventure flick, with Sean Connery starring as the Berber king and Brian Keith as the embodime[...]

John Lone as Emperor Pu Yi The Last Emperor

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

Pu Yi is one of the 20th Century’s most tragic figures. He was born the sovereign of a vast and ancient empire, only to witness it collapse entirely within his lifetime. Hong Kong actor Lone, in a ridiculously under appreciated performance, portrays Pu Yi as a man desperately c[...]

Lynn Cohen as Golda Meir Munich

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

“Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values.” This account of the Israeli punitive operation against those believed responsible for the 1972 Olympics massacre, at its core, asks where justice ends and revenge begins. Based on outward im[...]

Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon Nixon

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

The British Hopkins might not have seemed an obvious choice to play the often-maligned U.S. president in Oliver Stone’s biopic. However he plays Nixon as an extremely complicated man beset by feelings of inadequacy, not only from his political superiors (yes, superiors) but als[...]

Albert Finney as Winston Churchill The Gathering Storm

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

Could it be that Winston Churchill might have found his doppelganger in Albert Finney? It’s hard to watch this made-for-cable docudrama and not think so. He begins as an outsider, marginalized for his supposedly alarmist warnings about the rise of Nazism. He is singularly dedic[...]

Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler Der Untergang

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

There is simply no way to sympathize with Adolf Hitler, and any attempt to do so through film (or any other means) is abominable. Ganz never sets out to create a sympathetic Hitler here. Instead, he gives us the living cadaver of a sick and twisted spirit who deceived millions in[...]

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II The Queen

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

Helen Mirren may be the most talented actress of her generation, and with good reason: no one else has two Queen Elizabeths on her resume. Here, her portrayal of Elizabeth II is much like Pu Yi, holding fast to a tradition that fewer and fewer understand. Nobility is no longer a [...]

Forrest Whitaker as Idi Amin The Last King of Scotland

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

The thing that makes Amin the stuff of nightmares is not just his monstrous brutality, but the fact that we are so drawn to him. When we first meet Whitaker’s Amin here, we understand how he seduced the masses of Uganda into following him. He’s jovial, amiable, even fun. Howe[...]

George C. Scott as General Patton Patton

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

“Patton” tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton’s career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton’s numerous faul[...]

Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi

February 19th, 2014 § in Others

Simply one of the greatest performances of all time. Kingsley portrays the Mahatma from his early days in South Africa through India’s independence and postcolonial troubles and finally his assassination following the India-Pakistan partition. We feel the weight of the world th[...]