When it comes to movie magic, the eyes have it. From dramas and comedies to westerns and cartoons, there is nothing on a theater screen that holds our attention as tightly as a dazzling pair of eyes. Sometimes we forget that fact, amid the shock and awe of summer movies. Here’s a reminder.
The gold standard for blue eyes on film. A longtime Connecticut resident, Newman used his high beams to accentuate the intensity of whatever part he was playing, from flawed heroes to insensitive rogues.
There’s a reason this little, old dude remains part of the conversation about enduring movie icons after all these years, and it’s not because of his tremendous acting chops or his good looks. It’s the crazy hoodoo he performs with his orbs.
Was it the bug-eyed quality of Feldman’s eyes that made him so memorable? In part, sure. But the man also had perfect comedic timing. Check out “Young Frankenstein” again some time. He’s just remarkable.
At the center of the terrifying, masterful “A Clockwork Orange” – beyond the physical and emotional violence, beyond the bleak portents of sociopathic young people and social institutions obsessed with mind control – are McDowell’s terrifying eyes.
He and his immobile left eye (injured in childhood) found a tremendous amount of work. Elam was known mainly for supporting parts in Westerns such as “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” “Once Upon a Time in the West,” and “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.”