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  • Pieman1994
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    I was watching Billy Elliot today. I got to the part where Jackie is crossing the picket to raise money for Billy to go to London for an audition. I cannot remember the last time a film affected me so deeply. It is easily the most powerful moment I’ve seen in a very long time. 

    This go me wondering about what other film moments or scenes have made you feel deeply, that you simply loved, or changed how you saw really anything?  

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    babypook
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    Just from the cuff, I’d say “Brokeback Mountain” changed and deeply affected the attitudes of some that I know, to one of deeper understanding.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I was watching Billy Elliot today. I got to the part where Jackie is crossing the picket to raise money for Billy to go to London for an audition. I cannot remember the last time a film affected me so deeply. It is easily the most powerful moment I’ve seen in a very long time. 
     

    I open-mouth weep whenever I even think of that scene.  Incredible. 

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    Maxwell Grey
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    “Black Swan”. I never thought ballet could be that intense.

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    Laactingnyc
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    There are so many but i’ll mention a couple

    Sophie’s choice – when she has to make the choice scene
    The heiress – the ending scene when she goes up the stairs and totally ignores the guy who was yelling at the door.

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    theproblemdog
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    As a dog lover, I couldn’t help but lose it during the scene in which George contemplates suicide and the dog is barking like crazy. There are so many moments, some extremely apparent and others so subtle you could blink and miss them, in A Streetcar Named Desire that moved me so greatly. It is impossible to list them all. Same with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Even if both films were a littled watered down compared to the plays, you’ve gotta love Tennessee Williams. “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” That moment was so crushing. After seeing Scarlett pull herself and her desires together after watching 4 hours of her mess up over and over again, it was unbearably painful to see her lose for the last time. These last two examples I gave though wouldn’t have had as much power without the great Viven Leigh. Love her.

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    Laactingnyc
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    ” After all, tomorrow is another day” – Gone With The Wind

    and the ” As God as my witness ” scene in Gone With The Wind

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    ” After all, tomorrow is another day” – Gone With The Wind

    and the ” As God as my witness ” scene in Gone With The Wind

    I agree. I can’t think of another story in any medium in which the main character does so many awful things, is just plain obnoxious, never acheives redemption, and yet maintains the sympathy of the audience. Brilliant. You don’t have to like the movie, but I will fight anyone who says that Leigh didn’t deserve the Oscar lol

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    Part 2 of Gone With The Wind is such masterpiece of cinema (part 1 is as well of course) because it takes the giant corageous leap to make its lead character an unlikable character. At the end of part 2 you’re just rooting for Clark Gable so much! You watch him suffer, you watch her suffer. And at the end they split apart like they were always meant to. Wow…

    But I must day that the most influencial scene for me was probably the end of Apocalypse Now. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. “The Horror… The Horror…”.

    Other favorite scenes include:

    Running through the country — FORREST GUMP

    THE END SCENE — Inception

    WOMAN HIDING IN THE BUSH SCENE — It’s a Wonderful Life

    CLUB SILENTIO — Mulholland Drive

    4 minutes of silence — Apollo 13

    FLYING SCENE — Titanic

    Elephant Love Medley — Moulin Rouge!

    GLASS THROWN AT THE PAINTING OR DANCING WITH SCARLET — Gone With The Wind

    I Have to go make water — Driving miss Daisy (this quote isn’t powerful, but the scene is just godsmacking)

    The delivery man — A Streetcar Named Desire (but there are many many others)

    The Silence of the Lambs scene — The Silence of the Lambs

    Dancing with Charlie Babbit — Rain man

    LA MARSEILLE — Casablanca

    FILLIBUSTER!!! — Mr Smith Goes to Washington

    English, motherfucker do you speak it? — Pulp Fiction

    There are Frogs falling from the sky — Magnolia

      Mr DeMille, I’m ready for my close up — Sunset Boulevard 

     

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    I have always depended on the kindness of strangers – A Streetcar named Desire

    The Circle of Life – The Lion King

    Married Life – Up (My absolute favourite)

    Play it again Sam – Casablanca

    The girl with the red coat- Schindler list

    Paris scene – Inception

    Penelope Cruz singing Volver – Volver

    Final scene – The Artist

    Escape from Atlanta – Gone with the wind

    Chariots race – Ben-Hur

    Flying scene – Titanic

    The declaration of Mr Darcy – Pride and Prejudice

    Dunkirk beach scene – Atonement

    I will continue the list with the ones that i can’t remember now…

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    The shower scene – Psycho

    The carousel – Strangers on a Train

    “Fasten your seatbelts…” – All About Eve

    The dance scene – 500 Days of Summer

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    The bone/spaceship cut from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Iconic.

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    The first scene that comes to mind is the scene in Young Adult where Mavis strips in front of Matt and just whispers, “Lie to me.” I can’t remember the last time I was affected by a performance so much.

    Honorable mentions go to pretty much the whole running time of Monster and the scene where Eva finds her husband and daughter in We Need To Talk About Kevin.

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    babypook
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    There are so many of them.

    Ghost World; The split-second look Buscemi gives Johansson and Birch at the garage sale, that he had overheard them.

    When they were flying through the floating mountains in Avatar. Could be the most beautiful thing I’ve seen on celluloid.

    The relationship Rea has with Davidson in The Crying Game

    Every single shot in Days of Heaven, which leaves me breathless every time I see it.

    Several scenes from Ran, but I’ll pick the one where Ichimonji picks off the samurai threatening his fool.

    Dersu Uzala; the scene where Dersu explains how the wind is a man; leaves food for someone he will never meet; the tundra “wind” scene; the red moon at night, just before he smells food.

    The Right Stuff; the many moments of great editing that surprised me in almost every scene.

    The finale of Bonnie and Clyde

    The jaw-dropping (for me) beauty in all three Lord of the Rings films, such as, Gandalf ‘falling’ through that endless cavern in The Two Towers; the final battle in TRoTK, the Shire, and so on.

    So many others.

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    The most influential scene in film history is easy – I think if you polled 100 film historians, 90 would choose this.

    It’s the Odessa steps scene from Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, which did not invent montage, but sythesized the idea of cutting together disparate moments to create a totally cinematic reality. It’s an audacious sequence, and changed the course of the art of film. 

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