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Old 14-11-2004, 23:18   #1
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'Desert Island Classics' - name YOUR favourite scenes...

Are there any scenes from your collection of classic films that you play over and over again? If you were playing 'Desert Island Classics', which film scenes would take on the one compilation DVD you were allowed to take with you?

As an example, almost like a a favourite album track I'll slip The Good, The Bad and The Ugly into the DVD player and go straight to the 'Ecstasy of Gold' scene; Tuco whirling round and round that amazing war cemetary to Ennio Morricone's fabulous music really lifts my spirits. The same with the funfair sequence from The Third Man culminating in Welles 'cuckoo clock' speech makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, a terrified Ripley setting the self-destruct sequence on board the 'Nostromo', Nathan Brittles inspecting his troop for the last time, that opening sequence from Once Upon a Time in The West, Pike Bishop leading his men to their destiny at the end of the The Wild Bunch...

What classic film sequences would you take to a desert island?
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When Shane rides away never fails to leave me in tears. The swordfight in Blimp I could watch a million times. And Scottie trailing Madeleine in Vertigo is almost hypnotising.
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Old 15-11-2004, 15:38   #3
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Finale of Random Harvest. Too tear jerking for words.
Fairground Climax - Strangers on train
'I could have been a contender' On the Waterfront
'Final showdown' For a few dollars More
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I reserve the right to add more later...

1. "Let's go", "Why not!" (The Wild Bunch)

2. "He has his father's eyes" (Rosemary's Baby)

3. Slim Pickens, Katy Jurado, the river, Dylan (Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid)

4. Angie Dickinson, a prospective lover and the art gallery (Dressed To Kill)

5. Bob Rusk, the potatoes and a misbehaving corpse (Frenzy)

6. The kiss (Notorious)

7. Jack Buchanan, Fred Astaire, "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan" (The Band Wagon)

8. A man, a cross and a machine gun (Django)

9. Lovemaking and afterwards (Don't Look Now)

10. Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli in bed (Le Mepris)
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Ken Ogata at the end of Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.

"The instant the blade tore open his flesh, the bright disc of the sun soared up behind his eyelids and exploded. Light in the sky for an instant..."

Coburn laughing at the end of Cross of Iron... "Hanschen Klein..."

*ahem* Tron "interfacing" with Alan 1 in, er, Tron.

The Parallax test in The Parallax View...

Kelvin finding his home away from home at the end of Solaris.

Kessler failing to defuse the bomb and "drowning by numbers" in Europa.

"Who likes a smoke, enjoys a joke (ha ha ha ha)" Citizen Kane (if particularly for the glorious close-up of drunken Joseph Cotton carousing with the best of them).

The first is definitely my absolute favourite, though: favourite scene in favourite film.
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Old 15-11-2004, 20:59   #6
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Some great stuff so far...I'm adding...

John Houseman on the beach at the start of The Fog '11.57...time for one more story...'

Quint - 'So, eleven hundred men went into the water. Three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.'

Frankenstein - 'It's alive!'

Rick and Ilsa at the airport - 'Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.'

Men of Harlech - Zulu

'Springtime for Hitler' - The Producers

The charge at Agincourt from Olivier's Henry V with William Walton's wonderful score.

The title sequence from The Shootist (and I'm tears before the film even starts)

The 'tootsie frootsie ice-a-cream' sequence from A Day At The Races - 'I'm getting a real good tootsie frootsieing right now...'
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I did come back to do an edit (to add the mirror sequence from Duck Soup and "Puttin' on the Ritz" from Young Frankenstein) as those scenes consistently make me guffaw more than any other, but you've effectively beaten me to the punch, Mr. Hodson.

I have to add this, and it's terribly, terribly obvious, so please don't titter too loudly...

...it always makes me weep like a babe so the "I'm Spartacus" sequence from *duh* Spartacus.

And Jon Voight not being able to "draw down" on the deer in Deliverance... I know there are more memorable scenes but this always struck a nerve with me...
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All good - let's have some more! (And you may have noticed, I am the master of the - to quote Basil Fawlty - bleedin' obvious)

Speaking of which; the opening soliloquy from Richard III, Oiliver advancing menacingly on the camera - 'I, that am not shap-ed for sportive tricks...'

Jock planning his Lt. Colonel's funeral in Tunes of Glory and going quietly barmy.

'Dem bones' from The Ruling Class.

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True Romance : Hopper and Walken in the 'Sicilian scene' :
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The Wicker Man

Lord Summerisle on sacrifice: "Animals are fine, but their acceptability is limited. A small child is even better, but not NEARLY as effective as the right kind of adult. "


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Johnny "Is it far?"
Kathleen (pause, staring at the armed police aiming at them) "Its a long way Johnny. But I'm coming with you"

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Deliverance - The Dueling Banjos
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Voting for baseball
2001: A Space Odyssey - Docking (Blue Danube)
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"Springtime for Hitler" is, of course, immortal - and just as good on stage in London at the moment.

I'll add some more:

The final "curtain call" of the cast (complete with champagne) in "Murder On The Orient Express"

Vincent Price in chef's regalia, engaged in a camping contest with Robert Morley - a vision in pink - in "Theatre Of Blood"

Van Morrison kicking his way around Winterland in "The Last Waltz"

"Take 'em to Missouri, Matt!"

James Woods traps the slimiest DA in screen history in "True Believer"

The tracking shot and reveal of the town in "Once Upon A Time In The West"

The Gremlins taking over the tavern and learning some delightful new habits. Not forgetting the talking Gremlin in "Gremlins 2-The New Batch", voiced by Tony Randall and calmly justifying the most unpleasant behaviour.

The war game in "The Dirty Dozen" - Marvin and his lads versus Ryan.

Truffaut's gaze of sheer blissed-out ecstasy in "CE3K"

"Every Sperm Is Sacred"

"You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore"

"But if you boys **** up once more, I'm gonna get mad" - Jason Robards laying down the law in "All The President's Men"
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Ill second One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest but the scene has to be "mmm juicy fruit". Nicholson's facial expression kills me every time
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Patton reciting his poem in Patton:Lust for Glory... strangely affecting and almost makes me think I would've followed the bloodthirsty git into battle, if he'd started spouting verse like that at me...

Dean Stockwell's miming to Roy Orbison in Blue Velvet... and of course Hopper's "Let's frick!" refrain, to cap it all off.

"Long Live the New Flesh!" Max says goodbye to the old flesh in Videodrome.

Eggyweggs.. I would like to... smash 'em! Then pick up 'em and smash 'em again! A Clockwork Orange.
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"General" Donald Sutherland inspecting the troops in the Dirty Dozen

Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now: "some day this war's gonna end"

Bank robbery in Heat

Travolta and Jackson in Pulp Fiction: "Royale with cheese"

Sister Ruth loses it completely in Black Narcissus

"I'm Spartacus!!"
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I never skip to a specific scene, but here are a few of my favourites from my video and DVD collection:

Evergreen
Jessie Matthews singing 'When You've Got A Little Springtime In Your Heart' with dance montages from 1934, 1924, 1914 & 1904.

Hue And Cry
The battle of Ballards Wharf.

Kes
Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur.

Peeping Tom
The old man in the shop buying The Times, The Telegraph and a selection of "views".

I Know Where I'm Going!
The final scene in the castle.

A Canterbury Tale
The last fifteen minutes or so in Canterbury.

Singin' In The Rain
Gene Kelly just dancing and singing in the rain.

West Side Story
America.

Breakfast At Tiffany's
The end scene in the rain. Corny, but good.

and the others:

The final scene in The Wicker Man.
The climax of The Blair Witch Project.
The chase in The French Connection.
Auld Lang Syne at the end of It's A Wonderful Life.
The crop duster sequence in North By Northwest.
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Frankenstein - 'It's alive!'
Watched this for the first tim ever the other night, and was amazed by how much better than its contemporaries like The Mummy and Dracula it was. Agree with the above, but absolutely love the first scene with Baron Frankenstein. Absolutely hilarious.

Also..

Peter Sellers trying to get past the operator in the phone box in Dr Strangelove.

the 'pointing to the sky' bit in the middle east, in Close Encounters

The recreation of test cricket with sugar cubes in 'The lady Vanishes'

Oh and from childhood, Bach's Toccata and Fugue from Rollerball....
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Lee Marvin striding down that corridor in Point Blank...his whole character and motivation is contained within the sound of those footsteps.

Jack Nicholson pushing his father's wheelchair in Five Easy Pieces and the campfire scene in Easy Rider.

Umpteen scenes from A Matter of Life and Death.

The post-tennis rooftop scene in Annie Hall.
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A Matter of Life and Death : David Niven's "death" scene.

Old Dark House : Any scene with Ernest Thesiger

My Darling Clementine James Stewart's chair balancing act

Casablanca : "I came to Casablance for the waters"

Amadeus : Mozart dictating the Requiem to Salieri whilst on his death bed.

Night of the Demon : "It's in the trees, it's coming"

Sunset Blvd. : The "Waxworks" playing cards.
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Quint - 'So, eleven hundred men went into the water. Three hundred and sixteen men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.'
Every now and then, I put on Jaws and just watch that scene.


The Don's speech to the other crime bosses warning them about touching Michael when he returns from Sicily in The Godfather.
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