Everyonce and a while can we not be taken in by a scene in a film and once that scene is complete we have to immediately recognize the quality of that scene with even small barely audible applause?
I’ve seen many scenes where I’ve said in my head, “That’s a damn fine scene.” Or said it out loud if I were in an empty theatre or at home (in fact, there was a perfectly written and performed scene in ABC’s GCB (What?! I KNOW) that I had to say, “That was a great fuckin’ scene.”).
Now, I ain’t talking necessarily about your favorite scenes, or even show stoppers, but what are some scenes that just blew you away and you had to acknowledge it right away?
For me, (and I know the film has its great attackers) the El Tango de Roxanne scene in Moulin Rouge was a true work of art.
The choreography, the cinematography, the editing (both visual and sound), the performances. Perfect.
The film as a whole is good, I like it, but it has its flaws, but for this seven minutes, Baz Luhrman succeeded brilliantly.
aww uli. i feel this way about the bar scene in inglorious basterds. it’s so good in fact it makes the rest of the film look like crap
Be patient, young man. I just saw this thread, and I think it’s a good one, fwiw.
This thread fits well with superhero related threads because while participating in them, I thought of two scenes where I almost applauded or pumped my fist in the air (I’m a dork, I know. :). The first one is the one where Tony Stark puts on the Iron Man suit from the suitcase. Adaptations don’t usually surpass the originals, but here I think it did, by far.
The second scene comes from The Dark Knight. I’m thinking of the chase scene where Batman’s car turns into the bike. I’m not sure why that scene was so exhilirating, but it was. I felt like cheering at the end of it.
But maybe this isn’t what you had in mind? How about the montage sequence at the end of The New World? Perfect cinema, for me. (Loved the natural sounds and the visuals in the credits that followed, too.) I felt like applauding, but I felt too embarassed. I’ll try to think of some others.
Oh, I share your feelings about the “Roxanne” scene in Moulin Rouge (also McGregor doing his version of “Your Song”), but a lot of my enthusiasm stems from the concept (and in the case of “Your Song,” the arrangement and singing). I didn’t care for the way Luhrman shot the dance numbers to be honest. They were too much like music videos where you can’t really appreciate the dancing.
THE scene in the dark knight for me was the hospital scene
i’ve only seen people applaud in the theater once and it was at the end of lotr: return of the king. but it had so many false endings i think they were just glad it was over lol
After Drive. While I was doing it, people looked at me.
but it had so many false endings i think they were just glad it was over lol
Francisco, I make misspellings in thread names to see who call it out, been doing it for years
All in the plan, right, Uli. ;)
’member “filn snob”?
For me, it’s the part in Punch-Drunk Love when the tune of “He Needs Me” played out. Just as beautiful as it is awkward. I have watched the film 3 times, and watched that particular scene 9, perhaps.
The most reason time I said “now THAT was great” in a film was when I was home watching “Chicago” immediately after the “Cell Block Tango.” Still say it whenever I think about it.
If we’re talking in the theaters, I remember hearing strong applause when a certain comic-book creator shows up in “The Avengers” among many other scenes I dare not spoil.
People erupted in to applause in the theatre at The Good Son when Cullin died, but that had nothing with quality
@Uli: Well it’s probably the only movie where a child dying is so strangely satisfying.
Btw, I hate autocorrect, that should have said Culkin
I remember sitting in the theater at a little past midnight thinking, as it ended, that it was very effective. They had embellished the original chase scene and transposed it cohesively onto the screen. It set some unfortunate expectations and hopes for the second part. :(
lol that’s pretty sick clapping at the hospital explosion scene in TDK, hipster nihilism at it’s most repellent.
I clapped when the screen faded out for Drive. I was just so close to tears, I was electrified.
I clapped when Franco freed himself in 127 Hours
I think I ended up clapping towards the end of The Tree of Life. That or I said “Hellz yeah” aloud.
That’s about it. But there have been many moments when I wanted to stand up and applaud loudly.
I clapped at the ending of Autumn Sonata, i think.
The thing I said the most during films at the theatre is “Great cut”
This raises an interesting point—namely that a great moment in a film doesn’t always evoke a desire to applaud. Usually great moments cause me to grin and shake my head in disbelief, as in, “Dang, that is awesome!” I remember doing this while watching Double Indemnity. The dialogue and delivery is just fantastic to me. But I don’t really feel the urge to applaud. Generally, I think I want to applaud during scenes that are viscerally intense—like a great action sequence.
But I have been known to boo after previews of movies that look like a POS