Movie Moments Part I
This week on Facebook: I thought that I might take a break by posting 5 of my favourite scenes from movies that I would watch again. It turned out to be much harder than I expected in choosing and finding a favourite scene on the net. I have called this piece part I because there are so many remembered scenes from movies that I decided to repeat this theme at some future date. In some movies there are many scenes and in others while the movie is memorable a selected a scene from it is not. So here are my 5 scenes for Part I (in no particular order).
Monday 17 October 2016 A Knight’s Tale (2001): The one film where I have added the theme of trivia to the scene believing that the film has to be seen for the quotes to be meaningful. The Internet Movie Database lists the film as an action, adventure, romance, and I guess that it was all of those, but I thought that there was more to it than that and parody is a word that I would add.
My truly memorable scene is that of Paul Bettany playing Geoffrey Chaucer, the protagonist played by Heath Ledger was a part that — to my mind — many other actors could have played equally as well. I found this a really entertaining film where the selection of the supporting cast and its production made this film memorable, especially the role played by Rufus Sewell.
Two of the characters in the film, Peter The Pardoner and Simon The Summoner, are characters from Geoffrey Chaucer’s work, The Canterbury Tales.
Tuesday 18 October 2016 The Devil Wears Prada (2006): Probably the film that made me a Meryl Streep fan and discovered that I had always liked Stanley Tucci but could never remember his name until this film. Another movie where the supporting cast made a good film great, stars (now) like Emily Blunt and the film’s protagonist Anne Hathaway.
Stanley Tucci (Nigel): There’s a scale. One nod is good, two nods is very good. There’s only be one actual smile on record and that was Tom Ford in 2001. If she doesn’t like it she shakes her head. Then of course there’s the pursing of the lips.
Anne Hathaway (Andy Sachs): Which means?
Wednesday 19 October 2016 True Grit (1969): I’m an unashamed fan of westerns and particularly John Wayne. In this film so many top actors appeared in minor roles. I thought the two supporting stars were good — Glen Campbell and Kim Darby. The following scene has Robert Duvall in it but how many remember Dennis Hopper as ‘Moon’ and many others that make us search for a name to put to a face?
Alfred Ryder (Goudy): I believe you testified that you backed away from old man Wharton?
John Wayne (Rooster Cogburn): Yes, sir.
Goudy: Which direction were you going?
Rooster Cogburn: Backward. I always go backward when I’m backin’ away.
Thursday 20 October 2016 Scent Of a Woman (1992): It was difficult to choose a scene from this film that was not seen by many but I love the tango — even though I can’t dance. Here the blind Lt. Col. Frank Slade (Al Pacino) dances the tango with Donna (Gabrielle Anwar) while a very young Chris O’Donnell — playing Charlie Simms — looks on.
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: Oh, where do I go from here, Charlie?
Charlie Simms: If you’re tangled up, just tango on.
Lt. Col. Frank Slade: You askin’ me to dance, Charlie?
Friday 21 October 2016 Moonstruck (1987): Probably the film that made me think about the whole gamut regarding a production. In this case; the storyline, the cast, the scenes, the music, the emotional webs it created. OK so there were goofs, but I didn’t see them. Here is Olympia Dukakis and John Mahoney in my memorable scene from the film.
Cher(Loretta Castorini): Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last confession.
Anthony Messuri (Priest): What sins have you to confess?
Loretta Castorini: Twice I took the name of the Lord in vain, once I slept with the brother of my fiancee, and once I bounced a check at the liquor store, but that was really an accident.
Priest: Then it’s not a sin. But… what was that second thing you said, Loretta?
I’m going cheat here and use this scene to add another movie. As Perry (John Mahoney) walk home alone at the end of the scene above, the tune moonglow begins to be played. I think it is excerpt from the instrumental recording by Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra from the 1955 film Picnic. Not an especially a favourite film of mine but it did have a memorable scene in it. I loved the tune Moonglow so much I wrote about it in January 2012 (OK ! Maybe Kim Novak figured somewhere in this).
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