The Lists: Top 10 Nicole Kidman performances
As the actress is honored at the NYFF, we round up her career highlights
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4. Isabel Archer in "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996)
Perhaps the most undervalued performance (and film) in this list, Kidman's only stab to date at a major literary heroine, in Jane Campion's feverishly sensualised Henry James adaptation, is ripe for reappraisal. As Isabel Archer, the young upstate New Yorker unwittingly lured into a caged-bird marriage by two conspiring lovers, Kidman's approach to James's 19th-century formalities is a primarily emotive one, heedlessly contemporary in a comparable manner to Abbie Cornish's Fanny Brawne in Campion's “Bright Star” 13 years later – a daring but apt take on a character whose decisions anticipate not-yet-existing models of feminism.
Awards: Best Actress runner-up, New York Film Critics' Circle.
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