For Episode 51’s Top 6 segment, we’re picking our favorite acting performances by directors. We have a caveat and a caveat to the caveat. We didn’t allow ourselves to pick performances by directors who are also actors (e.g., Robert Redford), unless they were directing themselves. Whether a director is directing his own performance, or he’s not normally an actor anyway, it’s interesting to see a director put himself up there on the screen and work on the other side of the camera.
What are your favorite performances by directors?
As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.
- Charlie Chaplin, in anything where he plays his Little Tramp character
- Jean Renoir, in The Rules of the Game (1939)
- Clint Eastwood, in Unforgiven (1992)
- John Huston, in Chinatown (1974)
- Quentin Tarantino, in Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Martin Scorsese, in Taxi Driver (1976)
- Spike Lee, in Do the Right Thing (1989)
- Francois Truffaut, in Day For Night (1973)
- Woody Allen, in Husbands and Wives (1992)
- Buster Keaton, in The General (1927)
- Sydney Pollack, in Changing Lanes (2002)
- John Cassavetes, in The Dirty Dozen (1967)