Monday, April 19, 2010

Anne Bancroft in "The Turning Point"

Anne Bancroft received her fourth Oscar nomination for playing Emma Jacklin, a ballerina, in The Turning Point.

The Turning Point is about a former ballerina, now mother (Shirley MacLaine), whose daughter is budding to be a ballerina herself, forcing her to confront her past.

Anne plays Emma, an aging, famous ballerina. She is trying to hold together her fading career as well as trying to develop her personal life. Emma is not young anymore, and she is disillusioned by the life that could have been.

Anne Bancroft plays Emma with a perfect realization. She's just aging, not dying or losing anything, and Anne doesn't make Emma a pitiful character. But, her life soon begins to get worse. Her boyfriend gives up on her, and the ballet she's been aspiring for, she is no longer dancing in it.

The scenes involving dancing are not that good in my opinion. Anne is really trying, but it never looks natural, just trying.

But, the thing about Anne's performance is there's nothing flashy, or "Oscary" about her performance. It's a nice, quiet, very subtle performance of an aging ballerina who wants more of what she could have had years ago...a life. Her big moment comes when Bancroft and MacLaine share a cat fight for the ages.

Anne Bancroft only has about 25 minutes on screen (one of the shortest ever), and while I don't think the limited screen-time faults her, I still was wanting more from her. She does well with the character, and gives a nice performance, but I still wanted more.


12 comments:

Twister said...

25 minutes!? Wow, that's got to be one of the shortest lead nominations, you're right!

She was too big of a name to put in Supporting.

Sage Slowdive said...

My thoughts exactly...I guess it was sort of a bad thing for a big star to go supporting in those days. Simone Signoret did the same thing in 65, and she only had about 20 minutes.

joe burns said...

Would you have given her a nomination in Supporting?

Sage Slowdive said...

Considering how lousy the nominees in 77 were, sure.

joe burns said...

How would you have ranked the Best Picture nominees this year?

Sage Slowdive said...

Star Wars
Julia
The Goodbye Girl
Annie Hall
The Turning Point

joe burns said...

It seems as if not a lot of people like The Turning Point. It doesn't seem very interesting. Did you see my comment on Fritz's 2008 post? I'm asking because it's fun to debate things without it getting to ugly.

Sage Slowdive said...

Let's just wait until I do that year, and then I'll be able to put everything in better perspective.

Apparently the Academy didn't like it either...biggest loser along with Color Purple :]

joe burns said...

Speaking of that, what did you think of The Color Purple?

Sage Slowdive said...

My choice for Best Picture.

joe burns said...

I liked it a lot too! Very strange that Speilberg didn't get nominated. Was it the frontrunner to win that year?

Sage Slowdive said...

I doubt it was the front-runner...everyone was Out Of Africa :]