Signoret’s Oscar Turn


The movie Room at the Top may not be on your radar, but when it came out in 1959, it was a sensation. The protagonist is Joe Lampton, played by Lawrence Harvey, but the real star of the film is Simone Signoret. The French actress plays a middle-class woman unhappily married and living in a small British town. She has an affair with Harvey’s character, who is 10 years her junior. Signoret’s riveting depiction earned her an Oscar, the first to be given to an actress in a foreign film (it was a British production). Well worth a watch! Here’s a clip.

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