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A collection of Damiano’s favourite movie scenes

If I dig deep into my mind I can recall a lot of memorable, timeless, eerie or flat-out beautiful scenes from many movies. I want to present you with my collection of favourite scenes.

This is a very personal list of course, with a brief description that may be relevant only to the author. Not in any particular order, updated randomly. **Spoilers** may be included.

City Lights (1931) – Charlie Chaplin

City Lights Movie PosterThe blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) recognizes the Tramp as the man who helped her to get the operation. They smile at each other while the movie fades to black.

Memories of Murder (2003) –  Bong Joon-ho

Memories of murder movie posterDetective Park looks into the camera, as he learns that the serial murderer went back to the crime scene, and he is described by the little girl as an ordinary man.

It Happened One Night (1934) –  Frank Capra

It Happened One Night Movie PosterWhile Peter and Ellie travel to New York, the people onboard start to sing “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze”, a popular song about a flying trapeze circus performer, Jules Léotard.

Intervista (1987) –  Federico Fellini

Fellini Intervista movie posterMarcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg see again their iconic scene from La Dolce Vita, many years later, as the beautiful soundtrack by Nicola Piovani plays on.

Heat (1995) –  Michael Mann

Heat movie posterLt. Vincent Hanna chase Neil through LA highways, only to stop him and talk at a cafe.

Nosferatu (1922) –  Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau

Nosferatu Movie PosterNosferatu appears at midnight.

Mad Max (1979) –  George Miller

MFP’s top officer Max Rockatansky chase down the Nightrider.

Un Chien Andalou (1929) –  Luis Buñuel

(Probably) the most iconic scene of the French surrealist cinema.

The Battle of Midway (1942) –  John Ford

Battle of Midway Movie PosterAs the short movie comes to an end, we see a list of Japanese forces destroyed.

Ladri di biciclette (1948) –  Vittorio De Sica

Ladri di biciclette movie posterAntonio, in the midst of a desperate attempt to steal a bicycle, is caught by the mob as his son Bruno watches the scene. He is pardoned by the owner, but he still doesn’t know how to do his job without a bicycle. He walks with Bruno into the crowd.

Jackie Brown (1997) –  Quentin Tarantino

Jackie Brown Movie PosterJackie hurries through LA International Airport.

Playtime (1967) –  Jacques Tati

Playtime Movie PosterMonsieur Hulot VS the chair.

Sunset Boulevard (1950) –  Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard Movie PosterThe final scene of the movie, as Norma Desmond re-enacts the closeup of her silent era movie career.

Roma Città Aperta (1945) –  Roberto Rossellini

Rome Open City Movie PosterPina is shot while Francesco is taken away by the German soldiers.

Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959) –  François Truffaut

400 Blows movie posterAntoine escapes from his prison, running towards…?

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