My favorite film characters

I was tagged by for a blog tag link on favorite film characters. Here we go although not sure about order. I highly recommend all of these films but note they are dark. Anyone who follows this blog is welcome to post their own and link back to this one so I can see your choices.

Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) in Notorious (Hitchcock), 1946.  Incredibly brave, reckless, double agent, tormented by hot and cold boyfriend and by Nazis.

Gilda (Rita Hayworth) in Gilda, 1946. The plot is a bit convoluted, not as good as Notorious, what it aspires to be, but still must-see film. She’s the quintessential femme fatale.

Madeleine (Kim Novak) in Vertigo (Hitchock). Enchanting, Hitchcock poetic muse. A true victim of circumstances in one of the best psychoanalytic films ever.

David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) in American Werewolf in London, 1981.  Likable characters in this black comedy who make an unlucky acquaintance with a werewolf.

Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), Heathers,  1988. New girl meets mean girls. New girl kills mean girls.

Rynn (Jodie Foster), The Little Girl who Lives Down the Lane, 1976. She’s only 13, but Rynn knows how to survive alone in the world and protect herself against adults who would harm her.

Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Fast Times at Ridgemont High,  1982. She comes of age fast, really fast. Leigh is an amazing actress and character is heartbreaking.


Ripley (Signourney Weaver) in Alien,   1979. She’s tough and she fights aliens.

Rachael (Sean Young), Bladerunner, 1982. An incredibly beautiful but unlucky android caught in a human’s world.

Antoine Daniel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), Les Quatre-Cents Coups (400 Blows), 1959. Misunderstood youth, neglected by his parents, in a fantastic New Wave film that makes you cry.


About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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17 Responses to My favorite film characters

  1. marblenecltr says:

    And Rita could dance!

    • kinneret says:

      You know, I thought of asking you specifically to post yours as I was curious. I didn’t link w/anyone tho as it feels like that is excluding others and no reason for it…

      • secludedsea says:

        I’m going to post my own entry on this and let you know 🙂 I realy admire the Ripley character, expecially in the first two movies, but feel she was shortchanged by the storylines in subsequent sequels. What do you think of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s ?

      • kinneret says:

        I actually have never seen that film. I know that must sound odd but things like that happen where you have certain gaps. The Ripley character was originally a man, but they decided it would sell the movie better if they made it a woman. The first movie was the masterpiece, truly suspenseful and beautifully filmed. I’ll look forward to seeing your choices.

      • secludedsea says:

        I know what you mean. I used to know a lot of women who raved about Breakfast at Ts, and I saw it for myself. I can see how her character might appeal, but the movie left me cold; just as reading Gatsby left me cold! Yes, Alien is the masterpiece, with Aliens a very good sequel. The others are best forgotten.

      • kinneret says:

        Yes, I guess Breakfast at Ts just didn’t sound appealing although I liked her chapeau. But I never saw it so could not say. Gatsby is a beautifully written novel but it is not one that has characters you can empathize with. In that way, it’s a bit like Proust.

      • secludedsea says:

        Agreed. I studied Gatsby at school and found the characters self-involved and cold; which I suppose is the very essence of the text. I couldn’t appreciate it at the time. I have yet to read Proust, but certainly aim to.

      • kinneret says:

        I’m probably comparing them because the main character in Proust has this hopelessly fawning love over a dislikable coquette (high-end prostitute), which makes me think of Gatsby and Daisy. I do remember liking it at the time although it is very slow and I don’t think I could read it now. Life is short so it is important to read what we find compelling. Do you have any favorite authors then?

      • secludedsea says:

        I actually really like Thomas Hardy, I have always found his storytelling compeling, and his characters well drawn. ‘Jude the Obscure’ is one of my favourite books of all. When I read it, I found the characters very true to my experiences at the time. The disastrously flawed love affair, and the concept of being trapped by society and love is a compelling nucleus.

      • kinneret says:

        It’s been a long time since I read that book but I studied it in college and loved it. He is not easy to read, so when I tried to read Tess (since I loved the movie) I was unable to get so far. But maybe I was impatient at the time.

      • secludedsea says:

        Return of the Native by Hardy is a pretty easy read from memory. Quite a compelling story too.

      • kinneret says:

        I’ll have to read that, then. I could definitely do with something bucolic and very British. At least I’m reading Churchill now. You can’t get more British than that.

      • secludedsea says:

        Oh, it’s very English pastoral 🙂

      • secludedsea says:

        I also really enjoyed Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope.

      • kinneret says:

        another one on the list…

      • secludedsea says:

        I’ll wager that list is rather lengthy !

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