Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments



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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Vampire's Kiss (1988)

In director Robert Bierman's modern comedic, over-the-top vampire film:

  • the scene of bat vampire Rachel (Jennifer Beals) - a sultry figure wearing a garter belt, tight red dress and heavy mascara - entering the apartment of Manhattan yuppie literary agent Peter Loew (Nicolas Cage), biting his neck during love-making, and turning him into a vampire
  • the scene of his abusive behavior towards new secretary Alva Restrepo (Maria Conchita Alonso) when he shouted and berated her on top of her desk: "How do you misfile something? It's all alphabetical! It's just A, B, C...."
  • the scenes of Peter swooping through the streets while boasting: "I'm a vampire" (with fake teeth), eating a live cockroach and pigeon, attempting to put a wooden stake through his own heart, and converting his sofa into a coffin

Vanilla Sky (2001)

In director/co-writer Cameron Crowe's psychological thriller:

  • the scene of wealthy millionaire publisher David Aames (Tom Cruise) running along in an empty Times Square
  • the scenes of David's love-affair with sexy Sofia Serrano (Penélope Cruz reprising her role from the original film), causing jealousy for David's ex-lover, Julianna "Julie" Gianni (Cameron Diaz) - who deliberately crashed her car with him as a passenger in a deadly accident and disfigured his face
  • David's consultations with psychiatrist Dr. Curtis McCabe (Jeff Bridges) about his face disfigurement
  • the concluding scene in which David's life passed before his eyes through a sonic-speed, bizarre pop-culture montage of classic album covers (i.e., Bruce Springsteen's "The River" album), landmark news stories and personal snapshots

The Vanishing (1988, Neth/Fr.) (aka Spoorloos)

In director George Sluizer's original and haunting Dutch thriller:

  • college chemistry teacher and genial family man Raymond Lemorne's (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) creepy preparations to abduct a woman (i.e., a sling with a fake, removable cast, chloroform, a log of his pulse rate after approaching various prospective female victims, a formula connecting "dosage" with "minutes unconscious" and "miles", etc.)
  • the scene of the mysterious disappearance of Saskia Wagter (Johanna ter Steege) at a French gas station (by chloroforming her into unconsciousness, shown in flashback) while on a trip through France with lover Rex Hofman (Gene Bervoets)
  • the chilling shock-ending finale three years later in which her abductor Lemorne planned a similar hideous fate for Rex by drugging him and burying him alive in a coffin under the earth

Vera Cruz (1954)

In director Robert Aldrich's western (produced by actor Burt Lancaster and one of Hollywood's first major pictures to be produced in Mexico) - a precursor to the 'spaghetti' westerns of Sergio Leone:

  • the line of dialogue during a meal delivered by Danette (Henry Brandon) to n'er-do-well crude, and roguish adventurer Joe Erin (Burt Lancaster): "Be careful, senor. Some of it is getting in your mouth"
  • the final shoot-out between American adventurers Benjamin Trane (Gary Cooper) and grinning amoral Joe Erin

Vertigo (1958)

In director Alfred Hitchcock's perplexing, necrophiliac-tinged thriller about obsession:

  • the dazzling credits sequence
  • the opening rooftop chase scene
  • the dizzying trick camerawork (a reverse zoom, dolly-out) visualizing the vortex of vertigo and acrophobia (fear of heights) in opening shots and at the bell tower
  • retired SF police detective Scottie Ferguson's (James Stewart) first view of ethereal blonde Madeleine (Kim Novak) in the restaurant
  • Scottie's rescue of suicidal Madeleine at the Golden Gate Bridge and recovery at his apartment
  • the last dialogue between Scottie and Madeleine at the mission and the sequence in the mission tower
  • Scottie's vivid nightmares following Madeleine's death
  • the scenes of Scottie's obsession with reshaping and remaking raven-haired shopgirl Judy (also Kim Novak) into Madeleine
  • the magnificent dream-like scene in her hotel room when she emerged from the bathroom in a sickly neon green light - transformed completely into Madeleine as the camera swirled around them
  • and later, Scottie's agonizing question as he dragged Judy up the stairs of the tower: "Did he train you? Did he rehearse you? Did he tell you exactly what to do and what to say?"
  • the second final terrifying sequence at the mission in the bell tower
  • the last shot of a stunned Scottie standing on the belfry tower ledge as he stared down at Judy's dead body in the tragic ending

Victor/Victoria (1982)

In Blake Edwards' screwball sex farce:

  • the plan of opera singer Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews) and flamboyant cabaret singer Carroll "Toddy" Todd (Robert Preston) to pass Victoria off as "Count Victor Grezhinski" - a Polish drag queen (Victoria: "A woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman?")
  • Victoria's show-stopping production number "Le Jazz Hot" in a black gown with stringy bat-wing sleeves and a rhinestone headdress when she revealed herself as alter-ego male Victor by ripping off her headdress
  • the character of wild, uncontrollable, coarse, sex-starved Norma Cassady (Leslie Ann Warren) with her irksome voice ("Kiiiiiiiiing! Pooooooooookie!") and her malaprop explanation for why her mob associate boyfriend King Marchand (James Garner) was unable to have sex with her anymore: ("Before you know it, you are impudent")
  • Norma's defiant reaction when cut loose by King, and forced onto a train by King's bodyguard Mr. Bernstein (Alex Karras) - she opened her robe to reveal her skimpy underwear, and yelled: "You ain't seen the last of me yet! - causing a distracted porter to stumble off the platform
  • Norma's aggressively sexy song-and-dance "Chicago, Illinois" with other showgirls in baby-doll underwear
  • the scene of King sneaking into Victoria's hotel room to hide in her bathroom to voyeuristically see her true gender -- and the moment that King said to Victoria: "I don't care if you ARE a man", and kissed her passionately
  • Victor's torch song "Crazy Life"
  • Norma's hilarious one-liner when she thought she was to be assaulted by clothes-stripping Victor: "Wait a minute...lock the door first" - and her screeching at King after she saw Victor's true sex: "You two-timing son-of-a-bitch! HE'S A WOMAN!"
  • the hilarious miscast performance of "The Shady Dame of Seville" by Toddy ("Some hit show!")

Videodrome (1983)

In director David Cronenberg's terrorizing tale of erotic sci-fi and "body horror":

  • the character of seedy cable TV director/producer Max Renn (James Woods) and his discovery of a pirated, ultra-violent underground snuff TV show called Videodrome
  • his development of the ability to insert videocassette tapes into a body opening slot in his abdomen
  • the stupendous, surrealistic scene of Max kissing a hallucinogenic TV screen displaying a pair of giant seductive red lips that began to suck him into the glass monitor
  • the scene of his assassination of political leader Harlan (Peter Dvorsky), his own colleague, by transforming his hand into a slimy gun-grenade
  • the killing of the head of Spectacular Optical Corporation (and Videodrome's producer), Chief of Special Programs Barry Convex (Leslie Carlson) - Renn shot him with his organic gun that caused tumors to erupt from his torso and skull
  • also the bizarre scene of masochistic lover and self-help radio guru Nicki Brand (Deborah Harry or rock star Blondie) snuffing a burning cigarette out on her own breast: ("Let's try a few things")
  • Renn's own imitative suicide with his own hand-gun, after watching a broadcast with Nicki prompting him to kill himself. He watched as he blew his own head open - and the TV set exploded. As he pulled the trigger for real, he proclaimed: "Long live the new flesh"

Village of the Damned (1960, UK)

In director Wolf Rilla's scary B-movie horror film (about an alien takeover) - loosely adapted from John Wyndham's 1957 sci-fi novel The Midwich Cuckoos, the tagline asked: "What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes?" It also warned: "Beware the Stare That Will Paralyze the Will of the World." At the time of its release during the Cold War, the film functioned as an allegory for the Communist Scare of the 1950s. It was later remade as John Carpenter's Village of the Damned (1995).

  • in the film's opening during what was dubbed a "time out," a mysterious force-field caused everyone to collapse or fall asleep (or go unconscious) in the British village of Midwich during a mist. An impenetrable force field was established around the town. Later, it was discovered that the same phenomena of spawned mutant children occurred in other places around the world.
  • upon awakening, every women of child-bearing age was pregnant, including unwed teenage girls and married women whose husbands were absent. There were many accusations of infidelity and premarital sex, although the children were virginally conceived.
  • a group of twelve hyper-intelligent, telepathic, blonde-haired, unemotional, glowing-eyed kids (an alien race) with raised foreheads were born - (all at the same time) - bonded to each other, group-minded, and highly precocious
  • odd instances in which residents of the town died under mysterious circumstances (a man pulled a shotgun trigger and blew his head off).
  • in the film's conclusion, resident scientist Professor Gordon Zellaby (George Sanders) faced-off against the deadly-staring, mind-controlling robotic children and his own son David (Martin Stephens) in a brick schoolhouse; he struggled to maintain the image of the brick wall in his mind, to prevent the children from learning that he had set a bomb in his briefcase on the desk in the school building - timed to detonate and kill all of them

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

In director George Sidney's best of the Elvis musicals:

  • the many verbal duels, solos, and musical numbers during a Las Vegas talent show competition featuring the rockin' face-off song "C'mon, Everybody" between hip-swinging race-car driver Lucky Jackson (Elvis Presley) and shimmying red-headed bombshell swimming instructor Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret)

Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902, Fr.) (aka A Trip to the Moon)

In French filmmaker Georges Melies' early silent film:

  • the remarkable landing of the rocket ship projectile launched into the right eye of the pasty-faced Man in the Moon

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