Desert Island Days of Heaven

It’s never easy being a fan of classic cinema. Constantly at odds with the majority of modern filmgoers. Not to mention the legions of films demanding to be viewed. I sometimes wonder how I ever came to love movies in the first place.For me, I’ve always loved movie moments. Those bits and pieces you remember when plot and story have subsided from thought. Those magic hour skies in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. Robert Shaw’s Indianopolis monologue from Jaws. Pacino and Pfeiffer’s kiss in Frankie and Johnny. Among many others.I do sometimes wonder if it’s healthy to continually watch certain scenes from the same movies, especially Addicted to Love and One Fine Day. Yet, there is something to be said for wanting to bask in those things that you really love.The thought of pouty, wild-haired Meg Ryan going scene for scene with Michelle’s classical beauty, against the backdrop of Terrence Malick’s idyllic imagery is so surreal it’s almost Daliesque. Why the idea appeals to me is beyond my own understanding. Maybe it’s the sunshine or one too many beers.If I were stranded on the proverbial desert isle, these are the moments I would cherish, the ones that remind me of what it means to love movies. I realise I’m in the minority of one, but were you really expecting “the Lubitsch touch” here.



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9 responses to “Desert Island Days of Heaven

  1. I do understand what you mean when you say you can re-watch certain scenes from the same movies. Films are made up of scenes essentially and some scenes just stand out so much. They are unforgettable. As for me, I can rewind the film till the last sequences and watch Al Pacino’s performance in “Scent of a Woman” there or just watch the beginning of “Gone with the Wind” where Scarlett talks to the twins and then meets her father. For me, personally, such scenes are meaningful. It also feels natural for me to do that.

  2. I love certain scenes that get etched into your conscience. They are usually associated with real events in your life at the time. See the scene again, you are taken back to the past. But, if you think of the technical skill, like Malick’s Days of Heaven, or Coppola’s Apocolypse Now, these art pieces stay with you forever–like your obsession with Meg and Michelle.

  3. You are not alone in cherishing certain scenes and wishing to experience them over and over again.This is why I find myself rewatching Michelle’s movies so often, so I can anticipate those moments leading up to the scenes that always hit me square in the center of my heart, which then send me reeling all over again. These are the great moments in our personal film cannons, and I love revisiting them, frequently.

    I love this piece, BTW. Well done, sir, it’s both thoughtfully written and thought-provoking!

  4. Great post 🙂 Once again, please do not delete this blog entry cause I love it 🙂 Your pairing of Meg Ryan and Michelle Pfeiffer against a Terence Malick backdrop is very fascinating indeed. I just had an interesting backdrop for George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer. Remember Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now? Envision them portraying a couple (like the plot of the film), who have just moved to Italy after a tragedy that took the life of their child. This is just one of many interesting directorial backdrops. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

  5. I know exactly what you mean with certain film moments. One that I often think of is “The Water Horse” (2007) when Brian Cox laughs at a childhood memory. The way the scene is filmed: he’s in a pub, and sunlight is streaming in behind him. He throws back his head and laughs, and that to me has always seemed a moment of perfect joy.

  6. I hope to see Days of Heaven eventually. There are so many great movie scenes, one you and I have talked about before is the girl with the parasol from Citizen Kane.

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