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Sunday, October 12, 2003


The Great Communicator has a couple of good posts about movie scenes. This is what I commented on the second one:
What a great idea, to think of great scenes rather than great movies, since there are masses of great moments in otherwise mediocre films that would be forgotten.

One of my all-time favourite scenes is in (the mediocre) Forrest Gump, when Forrest sees his son for the first time in Jennie's apartment. You see him gazing at the infant Haley Joel Osment saying "he's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen" and then you suddenly see his guts rising into his throat, and he says "..but is he.... is he..." and Jennie reassures him that Forrest Jnr's very smart. Up to that point, Forrest Snr might have been oblivious to his own mental slowness, but you suddenly realise he's felt the pain of the taunting and prejudice all along, and doesn't want Forrest Jnr to suffer the same. It's over in less than 3 seconds, but it's just a brilliant piece of acting.
There are probably masses of other scenes I can think of.

What is your favourite scene in an otherwise so-so film?

posted by Plig | 16:28 |

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