Performance of the week: Vivien Leigh in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Vivien was a complete darling in this film.

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Whenever an actress gives a legendary performance, it is inevitable that people feel this need to compare that performance to her other works. People tend to put down these other works because they don’t up to the legendary status of the iconic performances, but what I feel is that people also tend to overlook the fact that these performances are still solid, great works at the end of the day. You can say that had these “lesser” performances been performed by lesser actresses, they would have been considered outstanding achievements. It happens so many times, even today – Great Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs (Sorry, no point denying my admiration for this performance), Marvellous Meryl Streep in any one of her nominations following Sophie’s Choice etc.

For Vivien Leigh, it is not one, but two of such iconic performances that are widely regarded as the greatest of all time till…

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