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Best Actress Rewind: 1966

Should have won... the dopplegangers of Ingmar Bergman's masterwork Persona.

Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur dips into the history of this category and compares the Academy nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!

Oscar's Nominees

Anouk Aimée ... A Man and a Woman

Ida Kaminska ... The Shop on Main Street

Lynn Redgrave - Georgy Girl

Vanessa Redgrave - Morgan!

Elizabeth Taylor - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mazur's Nominees:

Bibi Andersson & Liv Ullmann ... Persona

Jeanne Moreau ... Mademoiselle

Vanessa Redgrave ... Blow-Up

Nina Pens Rode ... Gertrud

Elizabeth Taylor ... Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Oscar Winner: Taylor, one of the first women to work a total "de-glam" performance -- complete with weight gain, vulgarity and aging -- into a statuette. Sometimes the gimmickry works, sometimes it simply grates. Is that the character of Martha? Or is Taylor simply out of her element in a role that might have been better suited to someone like Bette Davis?

Mazur Winner:: It is impossible to split the dopplegangers of Ingmar Bergman's masterwork Persona and both Ullmann (for her silence) and Andersson (for her explicit verbosity) deserve top honors this year. Of course, neither was nominated for the Oscar.

Oh, That Tiger!: Fritz Lang's Indian Epics

Fritz Lang's The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb are hothouse flowers of cinema with gyrating dancers, man-eating tigers, pagan magic, groaning lepers, and mythic moments. Has Lang ever come up with more desperate, mad, or heroic symbols of futile struggle?

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