Monday, May 30, 2005

Bookkeepers, Bolivians, and Privies

Derek Jensen mistakenly lists Vito Corleone's death scene as one of the best. That's not even the best death scene in The Godfather. His near-death shooting with Fredo looking on is better than the vineyard scene.

In honor of Memorial Day, I should mention the freeze-frame death scene at the end of Gallipoli as one of the best. In The Green Berets, there was a tradition of naming various landmarks after fallen comrades. The character of Sgt. Provo whispered his last request, which was to have a latrine named after him, "Provo's Privy."

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had memorable death and near-death scenes. The cliff jump and the freeze-frame at the end were copied liberally in Thelma and Louise. No, I haven't seen the latter film in its entirety. My chick flick tolerance is pretty much limited to the occasional channel surf by Lifetime. Anything with Cher, Geena Davis, or Whoopi Goldberg is on my "must miss" list. Alan Alda is on double secret probation for chick flick sensitivity. Speaking of Alda, there is an early episode of M*A*S*H with an old friend of Hawkeye who is writing a book about how, unlike in the movies, you never hear the bullet that kills you. Well, the friend ends up on Hawkeye's operating table having been shot, and having heard the bullet.

As I commented to a post on Derek's blog, Qui-Gon's death scene is one of the best, surpassed only by Sean Connery in The Untouchables. Heroic and sad, as all movie death scenes should be. Obi-Wan also gets high marks for heroism and self-sacrifice. He purposely lost the light saber deal because he knew Luke wouldn't leave without him.

Spock's death is not mentioned here, because we know what happens later. Darn those sequels!


Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

I always liked Kevin Spacey's death in LA Confidential where he mumbles “Rollo Tomassi” at the police chief. It carries the motif of the criminal who never thinks he will be caught (the police chief) and it leads to his death too. Great Flick - after Pulp Fiction, probably the best movie of the 90's.

May 30, 2005 12:36 PM  
Blogger Mayor of Tommyville said...

You forgot Platoon, Scarface, and oh yea, my favorite, the zapruder film.

July 15, 2005 11:08 PM  

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