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Saturday, May 14th, 2016 06:58 pm
(Crossposted from LiveJournal)

I was looking for a "Friday Five"- type exercise to do yesterday, but my usual sources didn't yield any current question sets that I liked. Their archives, however, were full of good ones I hadn't done. Here's a cinema-themed set from April 29th.

Scene a Good Film Lately?

1. What’s your favorite dancing scene in a movie?
There are *so* many wonderful and iconic dance sequences from the Golden Age of movie musicals that it's hard to pick one of those as a definitive favorite without feeling that I'm slighting the others. Instead, I'll just name one from a more recent film that gives me a lot of joy. It's the final sequence from The Artist:



2. What’s your favorite chase scene in a movie?
I know I should pick something from an action film, but I really love the first idea that popped into my head, so I'm going with that one. It's the climactic scene of the original Toy Story film, when Woody and Buzz, having reconciled with each other and escaped the clutches of Sid, must chase down the moving van in order not to be left behind. I just love how it's structured and paced.

Sadly, I couldn't find all of it at YouTube, but here's the last sequence:



3. What’s your favorite courtroom scene in a movie?
There are a lot of good ones, but I have long been partial to Atticus Finch's summary for the defense in To Kill a Mockingbird. I recognize that there are problems with this film (mostly inherited from its source material), and that it has become yet another example of something that I would not have expected to "date" as much as it has within my lifetime.

Still, I'll embed part of it. The subsequent parts should play automatically:



4. What’s your favorite kissing scene in a movie?
Forgive me if this is a cheat, but I have to choose the "kiss reel" scene from the film I usually list as my all-time favorite, Cinema Paradiso. The first time I saw it was through a veil of tears, though I guess it doesn't really have the same effect out of context:



5. What’s your favorite scene in a non-musical movie where the characters spontaneously break into song?
Does the "sing-off" in Rick's cafe in Casablanca count? I just love it when Paul Henreid interrupts the Nazis with "La Marseillaise." To me, it's the most moving scene in the film, far surpassing Rick and Ilsa on the tarmac. See if you agree:


 
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