Now, let’s proceed, or Andiamo!
#1. MARCELLO MASTROIANNI: There should of course be more and more discussions circling this actor, but let’s be real honest when we say that American film-goers and movie-watchers live in a decaying shell. Mastroianni was often cast as the “Latin Lover” of Italian film he is probably best known internationally for acting in “La Dolce Vita” in 1960 directed by Federico Fellini.
Mastroianni received his first Academy Award nomination in 1962 for his role in the film “Divorzio all'Italiana,” translating to “Divorce Italian Style.” Mastroianni also received great acclaim for his performance in Fellini’s “8 ½” and ”La Notte” must also be included in the same list. As an actor he was possibly considered to be one of the sexiest leading men on the big screen. His charisma, those shades, the cool and calm yet passionate flair was what made his characters “Bond-esque” in a sense, but with more artistic and cinematic value per se.
Before passing away, we last saw Mastroianni in a comedy-domestic drama titled “Used People”. Marcello Mastroianni was a skilled actor who always brought the screen to life and offered-up a new style of film-acting for future actors to interpret the best they can.
As a method actor, he is among the most talented in the world (learning how to live amongst NYC cabbies, boxers and gaining weight for his role in “The Untouchables”). How about “Midnight Run” or “The
The recent films with De Niro have been quite forgettable, but we simply hold screenwriters, audiences and the like responsible for these types of mindless films. De Niro has won the Best Actor award five (5) times since 1976 (his role in Taxi Driver) and something tells me that there are probably 2 more waiting for him out there in the future.
Now, I will probably leave my counterpart “Jer” with the choices of “Pacino” or “Pesci” and those are obvious choices which he will likely elaborate on. Still, I am going to throw another name into the hat here that will round out my top-3.
Probably best known for his role in the "The Godfather" films as Fredo Corleone, Cazale was equally wonderful and highly convincing in his role as Stan in Coppola’s “The Conversation” (1974). Cazale again starred alongside Pacino in Sidney Lumet’s suspenseful and gripping “Dog Day Afternoon”. Oh, and how interesting it is that he would again play the role of a “Stan” – yet this time in “The Deer Hunter”. Perhaps Cazale just looks like a Stan – and in some real way or fashion, his acting reflected that name to a “T”.
Cazale passed away at the age of 42 and was a great loss to the film industry. Cazale will always be remembered not only for his stunning performances, but also for lifting childhood friends Al Pacino and fellow theater actor Robert De Niro to fame in their early years on the set.