I am currently working on a list of well-known, constantly recurring movie scenes, camera shots and compositions. The cliché or stereotype in cinema, basically.
Right now I am focusing on movies, which contain a classic dramatic dying-scene: one person is lying on the ground, a second person is bending over, listening to the last words. Always a dramatic climax in a movie.
I attached some examples of that classic shot:
I would be more than happy, if anybody could help me out a little.
What movies do you recall, which contain such a scene? It does not matter, what decade or genre. In fact, it would be even more interesting and fun to compile a very diverse list! So, if you know even some animated flicks containing such a shot, that would be great.
The important thing is the camera angle (see examples).
That means, wonderful movie deaths such as ‘American Beauty’ or ‘Léon the Professional’ does not qualify, unfortunately.
Thank you very much for any help!
The Dying Swan
and, bunch of giallo. esp, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
Bette Davis in “Dark Victory” has the greatest dying scene of all time.
The one in Leaving Los Vegas when NCage gets a really huge erection under a sheet.
Needless to say it only added to the feeling of contempt and the desire to ridicule that I felt compelled to express about this movie, that started with this hilarious scene:
Man, too bad this is a million times more dramatic than the Jackson live-action, even in dubbed parody form.
Great topic, by the way. Good framework to explore the “most stereotypical shot” topic in more depth from the other general thread posted last week.
Garbo in “Camille”
Margaret Hamilton “melting, melting” in “The Wizard Of Oz”
The death of “dad” in Night and the City.
In 64’s Killers, Lee Marvin does the best “shot man” I’ve ever seen.
This one after the big chariot race in Ben Hur:
Death of the Gloria Graham’s character in The Big Heat:
The death of the father in Fanny and Alexander is one of the most powerful I’ve ever seen
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garbo in camille (1936)
cagney in the roaring twenties (1939) ‘he used to be somebody’ :’(
gregory peck and jennifer jones in duel in the sun (1946)
john dall and peggy cummins in gun crazy (1950)
here’s my favorite. i guess it fits since a horse is looking down at him? sterling hayden in the asphalt jungle (1950) what a great scene :)
The most memorable death scene for me is Robert Duvall’s in COLORS. The look of panic and disbelief on Duvall’s face is as scary as death must be..
oh sorry, i didn’t see someone already posted garbo in camille. that’s a great scene from the horror of dracula. cushing rules. and i would get the last line of the roaring twenties wrong. she tells the cop: ‘he used to be a bigshot’. shoulda looked it up. james mason has a terrific death scene in odd man out too.
ORSON WELLES in “The Immortal Story”
Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?
This scene don´t match your rules about the angles but, anyway, is magnificent:
The death of Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987)
I sometimes forget Kevin Spacey used to be a great actor until I rewatch this scene. It’s a hell of a piece of acting. Not precisely the angle you’re talking about but close….
roy batty’s soliquay before fading away in bladerunner
ronald colman in 1935’s a tale of two cities a heartbreaker
the long shot across the water, the reflection over michael corleone’s face the godfather part 2
father damian’s anquished cry before falling down the georgetown steps in the exorcist
gene hackman “I didn’t deserve this i was building a house” unforgiven
5 off the top of my head
There are many death scenes that I could list. This is the first that came to mind:
Maggio (F. Sinatra) passes away in the arms of Prewitt (M. Clift) in From Here to Eternity.