Here's an article - full of spoilers - comparing Mrs America to its allusion of Jeanne Dielmen - which I haven't seen, so I didn't make the connection, but did it come to mind for anyone else?
Haven't read the article but Tyler hinted at it and I made an allusion to it a couple posts back. It very much does - both in scene set-up and of course thematically and cops a specific construct from Dielman.
This actual scene is devastating to me and reminded me of something I once heard De Palma say about Hitchcock in how he shoots "descending" camera shots earlier to illustrate later shots in Vertigo (I think he was talking about the scene where Stewart follows her in the car as an example - a "spiral") - like that's how much thought Hitch put into those scenes to achieve a desired effect.
Well Blanchett is doing that as an actor level.........all those smiles and nods in earlier episodes and "negatives turned to positives" we discussed and "pointing forward when she say "back" etc. all those infinite visual clues are now turned to strictly negatives overtly........before, where she used her face, her face now reveals to us in ways it didn't/couldn't before when she "won" a battle when now she's lost another.
In our Best Performances of the 2010s I talked about how in Blue Jasmine she seemed to be "directing herself".........well here she seems to be both directing AND writing her character through performance. I called it a "portraiture" in one post and I think that fits the descriptive level of the portrayal.
It's incredibly sophisticated acting work by Blanchett imo......
I watched the whole series last weekend and the cast really knocks it out of the park. I was especially mesmerized by Blanchett who is playing such a garbage person but had me hooked the whole way through. The text at the very end was such a gut punch, too. Really well done all around.
Post by Pittsnogle_Goggins on Jun 5, 2020 3:43:49 GMT
Burned through this over the last 3 nights. Really great stuff. Blanchett Is just phenomenal here. The little moments were the cracks would start to show and she’d smile through them was just a clinic of A+ acting. The rest of the cast was really great as well. Ullman and Martindale really stood out and Byrne brought such a warmth to her performance. And so many great smaller performances beyond that (Graynor, Paulson, Slattery, etc...). The story is obviously relevant as ever also.
Finally finished it... has there ever been a better ensemble in a miniseries?
Blanchett is obviously brilliant... but Tracey Ullman, Ari Graynor, and Sarah Paulson all blew me away in the episodes where their respective characters got the focus. Loved almost everyone else too -- especially my hero Margo Martindale.
The show was nearly great overall... one or two clunky episodes and the writing was weak at times (wife acts a tiny bit strange -- "did you sleep with someone in DC?" ) but undeniably powerful overall. So much focus on the delusional and dangerous hypocrite Phyllis Schlafly (despite Blanchett's brilliance) was kind of hard to watch though... I prefer my anti-heroes to be murderers tbh.
Thought episode 8 was by far the most interesting and entertaining. The finale was great too... and one hell of an ending...
Hard to fathom there are still 12 states that haven't ratified the ERA...