Movies which are character studies recommendations
I'm not sure if that's the proper terminology, but I'm looking for recommendations of films where the focus is on a main character or two.
I can recommend The Last Waltz with Michelle Williams. Very well done and interesting character studies. Seth Rogan gave an excellent performance.
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THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING with Julie Harris and Ethel Waters is mainly a character study of a motherless adolescent and the widowed maid who looks after her.
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The Woody Allen dramas, especially "Interiors" and "Another Woman"
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Passion Fish, a John Sayles film starring Mary McDonnell and Alfre Woodard. A soap opera star (McDonnell) is rendered a paraplegic after a car accident and returns to her Louisiana homestead. She needs nursing care, but drives one nurse after another away with her bitterness and bile. Until nurse Alfre Woodward arrives.
Really a wonderful film.
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OPENING NIGHT, directed by John Cassavetes and starring Gena Rowlands. Incredible film.
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Great recommendations here already. Gena Rowlands is superb in both Opening Night and Another Woman. (I'd also cite Sandy Dennis' brief, but bold appearance in the latter as award-worthy).
I'd also recommend a couple of the Joanne Woodward standards which are indeed both character studies: Rachel, Rachel (1968) and Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)
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r2 beat me to it : Interiors
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Nothing beats a character study like Ellen Burystn's character in "Requiem For A Dream."
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The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini)
Persona (Ingmar Bergman)
Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa)
Vagabond (Agnes Varda)
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Midnight Cowboy Nashville
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OP - the Michelle Williams movie is TAKE THIS WALTZ.
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Sigourney Weaver in Polanski's "Death and the Maiden". Riveting performance.
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the two leads in "What Happened Was..."
Good luck finding this great movie and character study - I think it is only available on VHS
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Another great Joanne Woodward "character study" is her performance as an alcoholic single mother with two maladjusted daughters in THE EFFECTS OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS. The film is considerably different from the play in the way it focuses on Woodward's character whom we see in a variety of situations not included in the stage version.
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THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE
Both are excellent and star one of the greatest actresses of all time, Maggie Smith.
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HIGH TIDE with Judy Davis
KLUTE with Jane Fonda
THE QUEEN with Helen Mirren
SECRETS AND LIES with Brenda Blethyn
HAPPY-GO-LUCKY with Sally Hawkins
GEORGY GIRL with Lynn Redgrave
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CITIZEN KANE is the grand-daddy of male character study movies.
WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE is primarily a study of Dawn Weiner, a hellishly put-upon geek, as she enters young womanhood.
THE 400 BLOWS is a portrait of a male adolescent misfit.
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"The Birds". I'm serious. It's a good soap opera with some horror thrown in.
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THE LONELY LADY. It tells you all about why she's so lonely, even though she wins all kinds of success and prizes.
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The Passion of Joan of Arc
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"The Dresser" with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay . . .
"Madame Sousatzka" with Shirley MacLaine, Peggy Ashcroft and Goeffrey Bayldon . . . .
"Gods and Monsters" with Ian Mckellan, Lynn Redgrave and Brendan Fraser . . . .
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R18 - yes, House of sand and Fog is an excellent character study. very sad, though.
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine is another.
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Try "The Collector".
Terence Stamp's and Samantha Eggar's characters are the only two people on screen for all but a couple of scenes.
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"Truly Madly Deeply"
Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson
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Anything from Paul Thomas Anderson
Punch Drunk Love
There Will Be Blood
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OP, I really think you need to be clearer about what you are asking for. There are tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of movies where the focus is on a main character or two, so I take it you mean something much more specific. But what, exactly, you mean isn't at all clear.
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Thanks for mentioning Truly, Madly, Deeply, R28. That was my introduction to Alan Rickman and it made me a fan for life.
Klute is another great recommendation. Forgive Jane Fonda all her missteps because of that one.
I'll add Away From Her - Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent.
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Quills - Geoffrey Rush is mind blowing
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Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.
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The 'Trois Couleurs' series by Krzysztof Kieslowski from the early 90's are great character studies; three films with separate plot-lines that intertwine. 'Bleu' with Juliette Binoche is my favorite.
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The Killing of Sister George. It's not an exaggeration to say that it taught lesbians how to be the modern lesbians as we understand them today.
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