Directors and Actors have always had a very intense relationship that has gotten better with time. Many legendary directors have stuck with the same group of actors for majority of their careers. With every movie, the director learns how to squeeze the sweetest juice out of his peach, and this is practically impossible if there’s no understanding between them. The greatest director-actor duos have been nothing short of an exploration for the duo, on a professional and personal level. When you work with a person through the most important phase in your life and with such dedication towards the same goal, you develop something telepathic, and this has also been the case with many other artist duos. Now, we’ll be looking at the 20 Greatest Director-Actor Collaborations in the History of Cinema. Since, we have to look at their influence on both the present and past, it is a blend of traditional and populist choices, and it is impossible to list every great collaboration , but that doesn’t mean we do not respect the unnamed duos.
20. Yasojiro Ozu and Chishu Ryu
Chishu Ryu is one of the most respected names in world cinema, having appeared in 160 movies and 70 TV shows over the course of 65 years. He is most popular for being Yasojiro Ozu’s favorite actor and collaborated with the director on 52 occasions. Probably his career defining performance came in 1953’s ‘Tokyo Story’ where he plays an aged man, trying to come to terms with his grown-up children’s attitude. Maybe it was his upbringing as a priest’s son, that enabled him to be so simple yet nuanced in his acting. He was given “elderly man” roles from the beginning, and despite not being one he shone in Ozu’s ‘There Was A Father’. Subsequently because of his ease to carry himself with such maturity, he continued portraying experienced characters in ‘Record of a Tenement Gentleman’ and ‘An Autumn Afternoon’, the latter being Ozu’s last film. Ryu, because of his simplicity, was like a piece of glass for Ozu, calmly reflecting the director’s to the audiences.
19. Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman