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Tilda Swinton’s 8 Best Movie Performances: From Derek Jarman to Luca Guadagnino

Tilda Swinton’s 8 Best Movie Performances: From Derek Jarman to Luca Guadagnino

A cinematic shapeshifter who never feels like she’s wearing a disguise, Tilda Swinton is one of the greatest chameleons the movies have ever known, and yet even her most extreme performances are rooted in an elemental sense of reality. She’s always equal parts natural and unnatural; intractably human, but always ready to be reborn. Revisiting her best roles almost feels like watching someone perform “Cloud Atlas” as a one-woman show.

To date, the characters Swinton has played include a vampire, a rock god, an angel, an alcoholic, an inter-dimensional monk, a gender-bending English nobleman, a post-apocalyptic Sarah Sanders, a literal ice queen, and now — in a bold new reimagining of Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” — a witchy ballet teacher, a male Holocaust survivor, and a monster who viewers will have to meet for themselves. It doesn’t matter if Swinton is starring in a Marvel movie, coldly seducing Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Beach,

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