Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Favorite Movie Scenes

I had an interesting conversation the other night with some friends about all-time favorite movies. There was a wide variety of nominations that sparked an idea for a post: a few of my favorite movie scenes. While there are many more I could add to this list, I decided to go with three.

Steel Magnolias: Funeral Scene

I don’t have kids, nor am I a woman, but Sally Field does a pretty amazing job of making me feel like a mother in this scene. After the end of the funeral of her daughter (Julia Roberts) Sally Field lets loose. Pretty amazing acting that gives some insight into what parents feel upon the death of a child. The scene also highlights one of the greatest feelings in the world: laughter through tears. Stick with this clip for six minutes, I implore you. And please forgive the Spanish the subtitles.

Any Given Sunday: Locker Room Scene

Despite mixed reviews on the movie as a whole, this “Inches” speech is one of the greatest speeches in any movie, period. You can extract so much from such a short four minutes… and if this doesn’t give you goose bumps, I don’t know what will.

Schindler’s List: Ending Scene

After three hours of holocaust brutality, the most emotional scene occurs when Oscar Schindler is fleeing. He had purchased 1,100 Jews from Nazi Germans to work at his factory which ultimately saved their lives. At the end, the 1,100 “Schindler Jews” present him with a gift, a ring, with the words inscribed: for whoever saves one life, saves the world entire. Schindler then becomes overcome with emotion and guilt about the idea that he could have ‘done more.’

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