Meryl Streep in ‘The Bridges of Madison County’: The Power of Performance

Meryl Streep plays a bored housewife reinvigorated by a stranger’s love in ‘The Bridges of Madison County’

More than anyone else in Hollywood, Meryl Streep is a movie star and a character actor. She’s a household name who can open a film wide, but moviegoers except her to disappear into her roles. We don’t want the Streep persona. We want the magic disappearing act.

Despite all the acclaim, there’s still a sense that Streep is underrated. There…