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Cinephiliac Moments

by Ally the Manic Listmaker
[Night of the Iguana] According to Girish, “cinephiliac moments” are fleeting “privileged” moments writ small that we find ourselves strongly attracted to, perhaps even disproportionately so given their scale and possible (lack of) intention. Bonnie and Clyde – When Clyde tells Bonnie he doesn’t like her fashionable hairstyle and to put the curly strand of hair behind her ear. Bon Voyage – When Vivienne (Isabelle Adjani) turns her tears off immediately after getting her way (with Gerard Depardieu’s character). Roman Holiday – When Audrey Hepburn’s character gets gelato. Synecdoche, NY – When Olive’s tattoo becomes flower petals.… Read more


[Night of the Iguana]

According to Girish, “cinephiliac moments” are fleeting “privileged” moments writ small that we find ourselves strongly attracted to, perhaps even disproportionately so given their scale and possible (lack of) intention.

Bonnie and Clyde – When Clyde tells Bonnie he doesn’t like her fashionable hairstyle and to put the curly strand of hair behind her ear.
Bon Voyage – When Vivienne (Isabelle Adjani) turns her tears off immediately after getting her way (with Gerard Depardieu’s character).
Roman Holiday – When Audrey Hepburn’s character gets gelato.
Synecdoche, NY – When Olive’s tattoo becomes flower petals.
Vertigo – When Madge paints herself into the painting of Carlotta.
The Royal Tenenbaums – Margo Tenenbaum’s wooden finger.
Tideland – When Jodelle Ferland’s character puts lipstick on her mouth and it goes onto her face as well.
Au Hasard Balthazar – I like the bench.
Cleo from 5 to 7 – I like it when Cleo tries on all the hats in the hat shop.
Law of Desire – When Carmen Maura’s character walks into the church and says, “I used to jerk off here.”
Inception – When he finds the pinwheel in the safe.
Les gens normaux n’ont rien d’exceptionnel /Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional – When Martine (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) randomly bashes her head into a store window after seeing her ex with another woman (Sandrine Kiberlain).
My Life Without Me – When Sarah Polley’s character picks out her husband’s (Scott Speedman) future wife (Leonor Watling).
The Night of the Iguana – When Richard Burton’s character calls the prudish chaperone a “dyke” and she doesn’t know what it means.
Confidentially Yours – When Fanny Ardant’s character decides she has to pose as a prostitute to solve the case.
Domaine – When Beatrice Dalle’s character counts to twelve.


[Synecdoche, NY]

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