#this is acting at its best #in the blink of an eye she channels a thousand emotions #from fake mirth to ruthless loathing to suppressed grief and abject hopelessness #this one moment is enough to capture all the frailties in this character #this ladies and gentlemen is why Meryl Streep is called the greatest actor ever.
"But..but when you smile…oh darling, when you smile, that’s what I live for."
-Elanor Shaw, The Manchurian Candidate
[the movie] ends with that painful flashback to a day when she thought the future held nothing but good things for her. - Roger Ebert