seemed to define every James Mason performance. I
suppose is was the mellifluous voice, silky, razor
sharp, knowing, that gave Mason the weight of
authority and knowledge. Dark-haired and dark-eyed,
Mason's gaze was penetrating. Often, he was cast in
the villain's role owing to his black countenance.
A Mason hallmark was
consistency of performance. The actor must have been
a perfectionist. Each role seemed meticulously
crafted and often the actor rose above the material.
A Star is Born is
one of my favorite Mason roles. As the drunken
Norman Maine, the movie star on the way down , Mason
staggered and slurred his way into Esther Blodgett's
(Later Vicki Lester)heart and at the same time
captured the audience. Though the role calls for
Mason to be crude and out-of-control, the deep
sophistication saves Norman Maine from becoming a
boorish and unredeemable character. He's a lost soul
and one of the best opportunities for Mason to strut
his stuff. Odd
Man Out is another marvelous Mason performance.
As IRA leader Johnny McQueen, Mason plays most of
the film badly wounded. Yet, he captures the screen
with his faint whispers and pained movement. If you
haven't seen the excellent Carol Reed directed film,
catch up with it. Another great Mason screen
portrait is Ulysses Diello, the infamous spy Cicero.
Mason brings a magnificent focus to the role of
Diello in the slick Five Fingers directed by
Mason's later career
was filled by many supporting roles. He was a
terrific Mr. Jordan in Heaven Can Wait,
brought all that world weary sophistication to
Edward J. Concannon in The Verdict, and
donned a Nazi Colonel's uniform for Sam Peckinpah in
Cross of Iron. A distinguished career that
spanned six decades and more than 100 films, James
Mason made every movie he appeared in better. That's
quite an accolade.
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Movie Rage: Death in the
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Bruce Hershenson has been running successful movie
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Movie Poster Archive includes extensive poster images from the
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The Hunted/B+,A-: Christopher Lambert is perfectly cast as a American
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