I watched Hannah and her Sisters for the first time yesterday (a lovely coincidence, as it was the Woodster's birthday). I'll explain more in a proper review, but I think it may be my favorite Woody Allen movie yet. At any rate, the brilliant bookshop scene inspired this post. Read on for more on that scene and 4 others.
Hannah and her Sisters
Well, since Hannah and her Sisters inspired this post, it's only fair that it gets pride of place. Everything about this scene is perfect. Michael Caine's furtive following of his lady love takes us on a tour of the real New York, a lived-in place that seems completely alien from the idealized Manhattan of his previous films. It culminates with what is, in this reviewer's opinion, the sexiest come on in film history (and I'm sure all you book nerds will agree). Let us all bow to the majesty of e.e. cummings.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
There are so many great bookstore scenes in this film that it was almost impossible to pick just one. But this scene affirms the lovely chemistry between Joel and Clementine, while still providing subtle hints as to the nature of this reality and this memory. It's safe to say that Joel remembers her little speech as utterly charming, but I don't he'd have been so happy when it was originally delivered.
The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep doesn't skimp on the overt sexuality, but this scene is so literal that it crosses the line into hilarity. Dorothy Malone is sexy as anyone, and dare I say she looks better in glasses?
The opening scene of the brilliant follow-up to Before Sunrise is set at a book reading in Shakespeare & Co, a real-life bookstore in Paris (I highly recommend going there if you get the chance. It's ten times quirkier than it looks in the movie). In one of the most economical exposition scenes ever, we're introduced not only to what happened in the previous film, but what happened afterwards. The little flashes of young Celine set us up perfectly for the surprise appearance of her older self. I can only hope the recently announced threequel deals with the passing of time with such panache.
I can't find a clip of the bookstore scene but just know that I love this movie like a stupid idiot. It's when they decide that their fate will be decided by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. For that reason, I forgive the coincidences and shall henceforth refer to this film as "magical realism."
Because I'm a child, you get a 6th scene for free, courtesy of the magic that is Short Circuit:
Righto! The usual rules apply. Tell me your favorites in the comments :)