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Tour de Force Performances

January 23, 2014

This week’s Collector’s Promotion features a collection of Tour de Force Performances. Each of the films was chosen for the stellar performance of one of the lead actors. Here we take a closer look at three of the films being featured.

A Face in the Crowd Happy Go Lucky Shine

A Face in the Crowd (Warner Bros., 1957)

In his feature film debut, Andy Griffith portrays “Lonesome” Rhodes, a raucous drifter with a gift for country-western music. After being discovered by a radio show host, he becomes what we would now describe as a viral sensation. Lonesome soon becomes consumed with fame and greed, quickly losing sight of the straight-from-the-heart person he once was.

While reviews at the time of the release of A Face in the Crowd were mixed, in the years since it has risen to “Certified Fresh” status on Rotten Tomatoes and is often cited as a glaring omission by the Academy Awards for Griffith’s powerful on-screen debut.

Happy-Go-Lucky (Lionsgate, 2008)

Sally Hawkins plays Poppy, an exuberant free spirit, whose carefree outlook on life is sometimes a distraction to those around her. After her bike is stolen, Poppy decides to learn to drive. Her bubbly optimism endlessly annoys her gloomy instructor who thinks she is careless, reckless and that her choice of footwear is “inappropriate” for driving.

Hawkins won numerous Best Actress awards for her performance in Happy-Go-Lucky and the film appears on numerous Top Ten lists as one of the best films of 2008.

Shine (Warner Bros., 1996)

In this Academy Award-winning performance, Geoffrey Rush portrays David Helfgott, a brilliant pianist who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. Pushed to the brink by his domineering father, Helfgott must recover his career and life.

Rush’s complex and moving performance coupled with the astounding score and supporting cast earned this film numerous accolades, including both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor.

Enjoy these and all the memorable performances featured in our Tour de Force Collection, just $4.99 SD / $6.99 HD this week only.

 
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