a tour de force

tour de force

An exceptionally masterful performance or achievement, especially in the arts. The director's latest movie is a tour de force of filmmaking. The Olympic gymnast's final routine was a tour de force that earned her a gold medal.
See also: DE, force, tour

a tour de ˈforce

(from French) an extremely skilful performance or achievement: a literary/cinematic tour de force
This is a French phrase that means ‘an act of strength’.
See also: DE, force, tour
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The late Michel Simonin contributes a tour de force reading of the 1586 "Affaire Le Breton" that makes evident yet again what the profession has lost with his passing.
In Poll's Tristeza, his remembrance of German modern dancer Dore Hoyer, Hayes did engage that sense of weight in a tour de force solo that evoked the fierce expression and stunning clarity of 1930s modem dance,
A tour de force, Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France is the catalogue produced in concert with an exhibition - one in a series at the Library of Congress intended to celebrate the holdings of the great libraries of the world - held in the Fall of 1995.
That was not the case with Contrabajissimo (1987), Sappington's hallmark solo for Holder that assimilates many of his onstage idiosyncracies into a tour de force of theatrical dancing.