Monday, September 22, 2008

Shall We Dance?

11 comments:

nilpferd said...

no- I do it like this..
oh, sorry..

Blimpy said...

Empires crumble, my friend!

And so do apples..

nilpferd said...

Thanks Blimpy.. I have to watch this at the weekend..

steenbeck said...

I think I've always had a little crush on Anna Karina.

May1366 said...

Brilliant - has to top a High Fidelity-stylee Top 5 Impromptu Dance Moments In Film. Other possibles (excluding obvious Pulp Fiction choice, which was of course une hommage to Bande A Part's sequence):

2. Jon Favreau & Heather Graham jitterbugging in Swingers. He's spent the whole film failing to put his recent break-up behind him and failing appalingly with every woman Vince Vaughan has tried to fix him up with - but suddenly, on the dancefloor, it all comes together.

3. Archie Panjabi in East Is East - by a ludicrous distance, the best moment in this otherwise average film - Bollywood filmee dancing with a broomstick while her brothers watch with a degree of awe.

4. Marlon Brando in Last Tango In Paris. Drunk and obnoxious at an afternoon tango session for the elderly (who's up for moving to Paris in their dotage, to track down those sessions?), tops it all with a full moon.

5. James Gandolfini and cast in Romance and Cigarettes - not really impromptu because John Turturro's stylised portrait of his parents' marriage breaks into song and dance at regular moments (Eddie Izzard takes on Little Anthony at one moment, if I recall correctly), but the first time it happens, with Gandolfini stumbling out of the house after a row with wife Susan Sarandon and starting to sing Engelbert Humperdinck's awesome A Man Without Love, it's completely unexpected. Develops into full-blown dance number involving a team of binmen that recalls the Who Will Buy? sequence in Oliver!, Sharks and Jets in West Side Story and chimney-sweeps in Mary Poppins all in one go, with Tony Soprano holding down lead vocals.

MrDNA said...

Not exactly impromptu either, but the great big tap-dance sequence at the end of Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi is a bit of a 'What the …' moment.

steenbeck said...

Hal Hartley/Sonic Youth...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R3OB_j7IlA
Also an homage to Bande a Parte?

May1366 said...

And here's the Romance and Cigarettes sequence:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JSwrJHZERKc

May1366 said...

Just checked your Simple Men link, steenbeck - makes me want to track down the film and revisit some Sonic Youth tunes. I guess that's the measure of a sequence like this.

steenbeck said...

And I just checked out your Romance and Cigarettes clip. John Turturro wrote and directed!! An indy film who's who of a cast!! And I've never heard of it. It's going on my list.

Blimpy said...

donds for simple men dance and sonic youth, not seen that for ages.

the "kool thing" video did make an appearance on the spill a while ago!