A few nights ago I was having a reverie about films and in particular scenes from films that I can watch over and over again and never fail to enjoy. It occurred to me to come up with my 10 most favourite of these scenes and then see if I could find clips of them on You Tube. And so I did -- for the most part...
Now from time to time, I will be writing a series of posts which will include a couple of favourites and a few words about them. Some everybody will know -- or practically everybody -- others are perhaps a bit obscure.
High Society was a musical re-make of The Philadelphia Story and to be honest I prefer the older movie that stars Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant . High Society, however, is the last film Grace Kelly made before her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco -- it came out in 1956. I remember my mother laughing when she saw the marquee of the local theatre advertising its stars as "Gracie, Frankie and Bingo". (Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, for any who might possible not know!) And finally, High Society is a musical with fantastic songs and an appearance by Louis Armstrong. It also has the out-of-this-world location of wealthy Newport, Rhode Island.
My favourite scene from this movie is the only recorded duet of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby -- and it never fails to lift my spirits and bring a smile:
Now for something completely different! Queen Christina with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert was made in 1934 and has for me many exquisite moments despite the film being rather dated. Garbo is at her most beautiful and most mysterious. As an actress she could be the most feminine creature you ever saw on screen ... but she could also portray a surprisingly masculine side to her nature and this movie gives her ample room to showcase both aspects of her personality. The Queen has left the castle disguised as a man and comes to a local inn looking for a room for the night -- a blizzard is raging! The Inn is full, however there is a gentleman who is willing to share his room with 'him' and what follows is a scene relished by all Garbo fans. Of course, once discovered to be a beautiful woman the two instantly fall in love and spend a passionate 3 days together as they are completely snowbound!! All this leads up to my favourite scene -- that I love to watch again and again. Needless to say, her lover has no idea who this woman is. She, being a queen, and being obliged to marry someone else for the sake of her kingdom, knows that she cannot continue this relationship once she leaves and so she proceeds to 'memorize the room' -- moving around and touching things so that she will never forget these three days of complete happiness. She says, " I have been memorizing this room. In the future, in my memory, I shall live a great deal in this room."
Unfortunately, I cannot embed the one clip I found of this scene -- which is unfortunately dubbed into Spanish at the very end, so you won't hear her wonderful voice... But here is a link to the clip.
Now, what scenes to you find irresistible?