Friday, November 14, 2008
Triple feature of great scenes about power
Many of the best scenes in feature films are good enough to stand alone. All three of the selections in this post are driven by music. The scene above from "Performance" (1970) works, no matter whether you know the midnight show classic starring James Fox and Mick Jagger, or not.
The second in our great scenes triple feature is the wonderful dance with a globe from Charlie Chaplin's mock-fest of Germany's then-head of state, "The Great Dictator" (1940). Oddly, the patriotism Chaplin tried to dispaly in this film later worked against him when he was kicked out of the USA ... but that's another story.
To finish the show for this time here's a fascinating cloudy montage from "Koyaanisqatsi" (1984) with the music of minimalist composer Philip Glass as its dance partner.
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