Saturday, February 23, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
After French hitman Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi) tries to assasinate New York City detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman)and misses, they begin one of movie history's greatest chase scenes through the streets of New York and an elevated train. Hackman, who won an Academy Award for his performance wasn't director Friedkin's first choice. He wanted Jackie Gleason, and then Jimmy Breslin, who as a lifelong New Yorker, didn't drive and would never be able to do the chase scene.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Scene from "The Usual Suspects" in which the five main characters first meet one another. Fact: the scene is actually one in a series of blown takes, as the actors could not stop making each other laugh. It was originally supposed to be performed seriously, but due to the antics, Bryan Singer decided to leave it in, resulting in a memorable movie moment.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
From Soylent Green (1973), directed by Richard Fleischer ... the last scene in which legendary actor Edward G. Robinson performed. He died nine days after the shooting of the film was completed; terminal cancer claimed his life. Of all the cast members, only Heston knew that Robinson was dying, and so his tears in this scene are real. The music is by Tchaikovsky (Symphony Nr. 6: Pathétique), Beethoven (Symphony Nr. 6: Pastoral), and Grieg (Morning Mood and Åse's Death from the Peer Gynt Suite).