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Lili (1953)

In Charles Waters' romantic and enchanting fantasy-musical drama, noted for becoming the first film ever to be adapted into a Broadway musical - in 1961, named Carnival:

  • the scenes of sad and lonely sixteen year-old carnival waitress Lili (Leslie Caron), a naive orphaned French girl, talking and singing to the puppets of the carnival's puppeteer Paul Berthalet (Mel Ferrer) as if they were real people
  • the four puppets, all of Lili's friends: red-haired Carrot Top, foxy and sly Reynardo, vain ballerina Marguerite, and cowardly giant Golo
  • the famous "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" scene, in which the catchy title song tune was sung by Lili with Carrot Top and accompanied with an accordian: ("On every tree there sits a bird singing a song of love, on every tree there sits a bird and every one I ever heard could break my heart without a word singing a song of love -- A song of love is a sad song, Hi-li Hi-lili Hi-lo, A song of love is a song of woe, Don't ask me how I know, A song of love is a sad song, For I have loved and it's so, Hi-lili Hi-lili Hi-lo Hi-lo Hi-lili Hi-lili Hi-lo, Hi-lili Hi-lili Hi-lo Hi-lo Hi-lili Hi-lili - Hi-lo!")
  • the revelation that the crippled and embittered Paul was the voice of the puppets, when Lili pulled away the curtain on the puppet stage; he told her -- "Well, are you staying or going? We've had an offer from the Folies Paris, but we can't accept it without you"; she told him: ("I've been an idiot, a stupid fool, melting and sniveling over Reynaldo and Carrot Top. I must be crazy, but they've become so very dear to me, I forget. I forget every time that it's only you, or is it you? Is it? Wh-what are you? Are you just a monster without any feelings? Why can't you ever say a kind word? Why do you hide behind those puppets?"); he yelled back that the puppets reflected his own personality, but it was only "business": ("I am the puppets! I'm Carrot Top: confident, clever, capable of running his life and yours, and everybody else's; and I'm Golo the Giant: cowardly, stupid, longing to be loved, clumsy and in need of comforting; and I'm Marguerite, too: vain, jealous, obsessed with self, looking at my face in the mirror. Are my teeth nice? Is my hair growing thin? And I'm Reynaldo: the thief, the opportunist, full of compromise and lies like any other man. I have in me all these things. All of these and as many more again. Must I make a new puppet for the small part of me you've managed to see? The monster? The angry man? The frustrated dancer, clumping along with a leg anchored to the ground, and a heart anchored to - but you don't have to understand me or even like me. This is business"); she replied: ("Not any more")
  • the creative sequence, when Lili walked out of town with her suitcase, to leave the carnival for good, and then imagined that she was dancing with life-sized living versions of the four puppets - and as she danced, each one turned into Paul, backed away and returned to town; after her last dance with Golo, the two showered each other with kisses and embraced; Lili came to her senses and fully realized that Paul was voicing his own affection for her through the puppets, and she raced back to town and ran into Paul's arms for a passionate kiss
Lili Dancing With Each of Puppets/Paul
  • the last image of the four puppets watching around the corner, and applauding the restored and reconciled romance between Lili and Paul

"Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"

Lili with Puppets: Carrot Top, and Marguerite

Puppeteer Paul Berthalet

Life-Sized Versions of the Four Puppets

Puppets Watched as Paul and Lili Fell in Love

Lilies of the Field (1963)

In director Ralph Nelson's drama - adapted by James Poe from a novel by William E. Barrett:

  • the opening scene of handyman/carpenter and ex-GI Homer Smith (Oscar-winning Sidney Poitier) arriving at a farm in the Arizona desert asking for water for his station wagon: ("My car's thirsty. Can I please have some water?") and being recruited by East German, Austrian and Hungarian immigrant nuns ("God is good. He has sent me a big, strong man")
  • the scenes of them, especially Mother Superior Maria Marthe (Lilia Skala), coaxing him to stay more than a few hours and help them to fix things: the fence, the roof - and to build a chapel (pronounced 'shappel')
  • his confrontations with the character of the stern and harsh but good-hearted Mother Superior - in particular to get paid for his work, as they spouted conflicting Bible quotes, such as: (Homer: "And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his hire." Mother Maria: "Cast in thy lot amongst us, let us all have one purse..." and "Why take thee thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. Yet I say unto you, not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these")
Building the Chapel - Finishing Up with the Church Steeple
  • after completing the building of the chapel, the last scene when Homer taught English to the German nuns by way of the spiritual song "Amen" (they sang the refrain as he led), and then slipped out the door (while still singing), to depart in his packed station wagon to drive off quietly into the night (with "Amen" as "The End")
Teaching the Nuns to Sing "Amen" and Then Departing

Arizona Desert - Water Needed for Homer's Station Wagon

Mother Superior: "God is good. He has sent me a big strong man"

Plans for a Chapel

Confronting Mother Superior Maria

Lilith (1964)

In writer/director Robert Rossen's gray and moody final film - an evocative but despairing psychodrama, similar to the previous film David and Lisa (1962), about gifted yet mentally-ill patients in a sanitarium in Stonemount, Maryland - the title character was the mythically nocturnal and dark Lilith, Biblical Adam's first wife in the Garden of Eden who left him [Note: The 'spoiler' tagline: "Irresistible, Unpredictable, Homicidal"]:

  • the opening title credits against a white background dotted with butterflies - and a spider-web motif
  • the entry of well-dressed, sensitive yet troubled ex-Korean War veteran Vincent Bruce (Warren Beatty) through an outer gate and onto the spacious, wooded grounds of the exclusive Poplar Lodge, a private facility to treat wealthy mental patients, in preparation for an interview with kindly administrator Bea Brice (Kim Hunter) for a position of novice occupational therapist - a trainee; from afar, he was viewed through a window (with protective grating) by an unidentified blonde; during the interview, Vincent expressed his desire to "help" people, and was cautioned: "It's long hours, terrible pay. It's dirty, often degrading, sometimes dangerous"
  • Vincent's home life - he lived in town with his grandmother, in a claustrophobic bedroom
  • the scenes of Vincent's first interactions with the insane schizophrenic patients, including nervous lesbian socialite Mrs. Yvonne Meaghan (Anne Meacham), the highly-verbal, lanky, shy, effete "scholar" Stephen Evshevsky (Peter Fonda), and long-haired, beautiful, flute-playing, corrupted, charismatic, ravenously nympho, and withdrawn artist Lilith Arthur (Jean Seberg); Vincent watched Lilith and Stephen talk by a raging waterfall, when she described her drawing talent: "I don't do anything. My hand just moves, and I follow it"; when Lilith also specified that she had the gift of a special language or "tongues" taught by her people, Stephen asked: "Do you think they would speak it to me? Perhaps you would teach me"; she manipulatively replied: "I wouldn't be allowed to teach you without approval. It's a language very few are permitted to speak...I'm sure I could persuade them. You would have to demonstrate great courage and a great capacity for joy"
  • the expository speech by Dr. Lavrier (James Patterson), head of the Poplar Lodge Institute, about the "extraordinary" abilities of schizophrenics; he described how one of the patients - the title character - was able to spin a web to entrap others: ("So many of these people have such extraordinary minds. Such extraordinary sensibilities. Too extraordinary, I think, sometimes. This is not a scientific theory. Maybe it's romantic, but I often compare them to fine crystal which has been shattered by the shock of some intolerable revelation. I often have the feeling when I talk with them, that they have seen too much with too fine an instrument. That they have been close to some extreme, to something absolute and been blasted by it. That they have been destroyed, one might say, by their own excellence. Regarded in this way, they are the heroes of the universe. Its finest product and its noblest casualty. Schizophrenia, however, is far from being an exclusive affliction of the superior mind. As a matter of fact, by using a substance from the blood of humans, schizophrenia has been induced in dogs, spiders, as well as men. As you will note, the web of most 'normal' spider species is as distinctive and invariable as their coloring. But the 'mad' ones spin out fantastic, asymmetrical, and rather nightmarish designs. A most unsettling fact"); his speech was illustrated by comparing a normal spider web with an asymmetrical one in projected slides
  • the scene of Lilith spitting into a surging stream from a bridge, and also wading into a peaceful pond (with her dress hiked up to her knees), bending over and kissing her lovely reflection on the surface of the water (one of the film's many water motifs, and Lilith's fascination with water): "Look at her. She wants to be like me. She's lovely. My kisses kill her. She's like all of them. Destroys them to be loved"
  • the volatile love triangle between the seductive, defiant, flirtatious, angelic and free-loving heroine Lilith, the sensitive and brooding Vincent, and the infatuated, love-lorn, glasses-wearing Stephen
  • the burgeoning, unprofessional, reckless and passionately-lustful love affair that evolved between Lilith and Vincent (with long stretches of field trips with opportunities for horse-back riding and love-making in the outdoors) - unknown to all except Yvonne; sex in Nature occurred between Vincent and Lilith who were superimposed on the surface of glistening water in the sunshine
  • the sequence when Vincent took Lilith to a Renaissance park (in Barnesville), where she interacted with (and seduced?) two pre-pubescent boys - she inappropriately kissed one boy after he caressed her lips and then she whispered something into his ear, as Vincent passively looked on
  • afterwards, Vincent volunteered for a jousting tournament where he participated as the Knight of Poplar Lodge (and used Lilith's blue and gold scarf as a pennant) - and won, and Lilith was crowned "queen of love and beauty"
  • the sequence of Lilith's dangerous, flaunted and deteriorating bi-sexuality, bi-polar madness, and simple-minded, fragile, child-like affections; hand in hand, she led Yvonne to a barn in the woods for love-making, knowing that she would provoke Vincent who was watching and following them; enraged, he burst through the barn doors, grabbed Lilith and tossed her down, then threw Yvonne out; he confronted Lilith: "You dirty bitch!"; she responded: "If you should discover that your god loved others as much as he loved you, would you hate him for it? I show my love for all of you, and you despise me"; although traumatized, the unstable and unhinged Vincent picked up Lilith, and embraced and passionately kissed her
Bi-Sexual Lilith Led Yvonne to Barn in Woods - As Vincent Watched
He Burst Through the Doors, Grabbed Lilith, Confronted Her ("You Dirty Bitch!"), But Then They Kissed
  • Lilith's description to Vincent of her own sexually-wanton behavior similar to her namesake Lilith - speaking in the impersonal third person: "Do you think they can cure Lilith? Do you know what she wants? Do you think they can cure this fire? Do you know what they have to cure? She wants to leave the mark of her desire on every living creature in the world. If she were Caesar, she'd do it with a sword. If she were a poet, she'd do it with words. But she's Lilith. She has to do it with her body"
  • Vincent's growing obsessive madness for Lilith - evident when he stole her blonde princess doll and drowned it face-down in his aquarium in his bedroom, and his placement of a portrait of Lilith behind a portrait of his long-deceased mother who had died young after committing suicide; Lilith bore a striking resemblance to Vincent's mother
  • by the film's conclusion, victims of Lilith's bewitching web ended up either dead, in serious need of help, or catatonic -- Vincent's jealousy caused him to return a handmade wooden paint box - a gift Stephen had given to Lilith - fully knowing that the mad Stephen would assume he had been rejected and kill himself (by falling on a kitchen knife held at chest level)
  • in reaction to Stephen's death, Lilith descended into completely impassive madness (his death reminded her of her complicity in her brother Ronnie's violent suicidal fall), and Vincent sought psychiatric help himself ("Help me!")

Vincent's Arrival for Interview at Poplar Lodge

Vincent's Claustrophobic Bedroom

Two of the Insane, Schizophrenic Patients: Lilith and Stephen

Dr. Lavrier's Speech About Entrapping Schizophrenic Webs

Lilith Bending Down and Kissing Her Own Reflection on Water's Surface

Love Triangle Between Lilith, Stephen, and Vincent

Lilith's Seductive Wantonness

Lilith's Doll Drowned in Aquarium

Lilith's Portrait Placed Behind Portrait of Vincent's Dead Mother

Lilith's Ultimate Descent into Insanity

The Lion in Winter (1968, UK)

In director Anthony Harvey's literate Best Picture nominee and costume/period drama of ruthless politicial and sexual intrigue, treason, incest, and patricide:

  • the opening scene to frame the entire film - King Henry II (Oscar-nominated Peter O'Toole) was practicing swordplay with his youngest son: ("Come for me! You're gaining on it, Johnny... Off you go now. Run along and practice. He'll make a good king. He'll be ready"), and then his thoughts spoken to his pretty mistress Princess Alais (Jane Merrow) who asked: ("Will you look down from heaven and see who's sitting on your throne?"); he prophetically spoke: ("I must know before I die. There's a legend of a king called Lear, with whom I have a lot in common. Both of us have kingdoms and three children we adore, and both of us are old, but there it ends. He cuts his kingdom into bits. I can't do that. I've bullt an empire, and I must know it's going to last. All of Britain, half of France. I'm the greatest power in a thousand years, and after me comes John")
  • King Henry II then he described his imprisoned, estranged wife Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine (Oscar-winning Katharine Hepburn): ("She is not among the things I love. How many husbands do you know who dungeon up their wives? I haven't kept the great bitch in the keep for ten years out of passionate attachment")
  • the dramatic arrival of prison-bound, iron-willed Eleanor released from jail by her husband King Henry II on Christmas Eve in 1183, after journeying on a barge to his lived-in, drafty castle-chateau; when she first greeted him, she noted: "How dear of you to let me out of jail!" - he quipped back: "It's only for the holidays"
The Dramatic Arrival of Estranged, Imprisoned Wife
Eleanor of Aquitaine at Henry's Castle-Chateau
  • the introduction of their three sons: Prince Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins in his film debut), Geoffrey (John Castle), and young John (Nigel Terry), and their continual feudings about who should inherit the throne
  • the scene of Eleanor's bargaining for her freedom, in exchange for a land deal: (Eleanor: "I give the richest province on the continent to John for what? You tell me, mastermind, for what?" King Henry: "Your freedom....Once Johnny gets the Aquitaine, you're free. I'll let you out. Think: On the loose in London, winters in Provence, impromptu trips to visit Richard anywhere he's killing people - all that for a signature"); she then described her pain at being imprisoned for ten years and the difficult deal being offered to her: ("Henry, I'm against the wall. To be a prisoner, to be bricked in when you've known the world. I'll never know how I survived. These ten years, Henry, have been unimaginable. And now, you offer me the only thing I want, if I give up the only thing I treasure"); then he complained about her torment of him, and she responded that she enjoyed it: (King Henry: "Is it rich, despising me? Is it rewarding?...Then stop!" Eleanor: "It's what I live for")
  • Eleanor's mournful monologue before a mirror about her desolate life: ("I've lost again. I'm done for this time. Well, there'll be other Christmases....They kissed sweetly, didn't they? I'll have him next time. I can wait. Ah, there you are. My comfort and my company. We're locked in for another year. Four seasons more. What a desolation. What a life's work!")
  • Eleanor's annoyed, despairing lecture to her three feuding sons about the origins of war -- and peace: ("...It's 1183 and we're barbarians. How clear we make it. Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war - not history's forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers! We breed wars! We carry it, like syphilis, inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can't we love one another just a little? That's how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children. We could change the world!")
  • King Henry's monologue about disowning his own sons: ("My life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. Henry Fitz-Empress, first Plantagenet, a king at twenty-one, the ablest soldier of an able time. He led men well, he cared for justice when he could, and ruled for thirty years, a state as great as Charlemagne's. He married out of love, a woman out of legend. Not in Alexandria, or Rome, or Camelot has there been such a queen. She bore him many children. But no sons. King Henry had no sons. He had three whiskered things, but he disowned them. You're not mine! We're not connected! I deny you! None of you will get my kingdom; I leave you nothing. And I wish you plague. May all your children breech and die! (To himself) My boys are gone. I've lost my boys")
  • the powerful sexually-manipulative scene between wily 21 year-old King of France Philip (Timothy Dalton in his screen debut) and Richard that revealed the eldest Prince's homosexual attraction to Philip
  • the film's best line of dialogue by Eleanor after Henry fled: "What family doesn't have its ups and downs?"
  • the joyous, crowd-pleasing ending in which Henry bid goodbye to Eleanor when she returned to her prison keep by barge and promised her return at Easter: (King Henry: "You know? I hope we NEVER die!" Eleanor: "So do I!" Henry: "Do you think there's any chance of it?")

King Henry II's Swordplay with Son John

Continual Family Feudings

Eleanor's Monologue Before Mirror

Eleanor: "We could change the world!"

Henry's Monologue About Disowning His Own Sons

Two Sons: Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins) and the King of France (Timothy Dalton)

Henry's Goodbye to Eleanor

Little Big Man (1970)

In Arthur Penn's revisionist, Forrest Gump-like serio-comic western epic based upon Thomas Berger's best-selling novel, a fancifully-told flashback tale:

  • the opening scene, introducing the character of 121 year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman with Terry Miles' incredible makeup) - the only white survivor of Custer's Last Stand in 1876 at Little Big Horn, who recalled his tall-tale epic exploits in the West to a skeptical historian-interviewer (William Hickey) - about how he was raised by the Cheyenne Indians (who called themselves "Human Beings") and wise tribal chief Old Lodge Skins (Oscar-nominated Chief Dan George), and eventually acquired the nickname "Little Big Man": ("I am, beyond a doubt, the last of the old-timers. My name is Jack Crabb. And I am the sole white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn, uh, uh, popularly known as Custer's Last Stand...")
  • the moving speech of Old Lodge Skins to Little Big Man/Jack Crabb, as he held up a white man's scalp, about the difference in beliefs between the White Man and the "Human Beings" (their Indian tribe), after being asked if he hated the White Man: ("Do you see this fine thing? Do you admire the humanity of it? Because the Human Beings, my son, they believe everything is alive. Not only man and animals, but also water, earth, stone. And also the things from them like that hair. The man from whom this hair came, he's bald on the other side, because I now own his scalp! That is the way things are. But the white man, they believe everything is dead. Stone, earth, animals, and people! Even their own people! If things keep trying to live, white man will rub them out. That is the difference")
Old Lodge Skins with Scalp
  • the scene in 1865 when 16 year-old Jack was assaulted by a US cavalry trooper and almost killed, but convinced the murderous soldier that he was 'white' in order to be saved: ("Shooting rifles against bow and arrow. I never could understand how the white world could be so proud of winning with them kind of odds. 'God bless George Washington!' Before I knowed it, them words just popped out of my mouth. 'God bless my mother!' You murderin' fool! Got to cut your throat to get it through your head I'm a white man...Sure I'm white. Didn't you hear me say: 'God bless George Washington'? 'God bless my mother'? I mean, now, what kind of Indian would say a fool thing like that?")
  • and later as a teenager, Jack's raising by puritanical Reverend Silas Pendrake (Thayer David), taken in for "moral guidance and a Christian upbringing" although he was immediately seduced by Pendrake's sex-obsessed young wife Louise (Faye Dunaway), who gave young Jack a bath while singing the gospel song: "Shall We Gather at the River" and delivering "religious instruction"; he recalled it as the "greatest bath I ever had in my life": ("Poor boy. He hasn't even had a proper bath. His darling neck is so... I detect the odor of food. I shall wash this poor, dirty boy...Silas, it is my Christian duty to give this boy an immediate thorough bath. Take off your clothes, dear...E- Every stitch. But I shall avert my eyes at the necessary moment..."); as she stroked his leg and excited him, she simultaneously asked: ("Are you thinking of Jesus, Jack?"); and after the bath was completed, she personally toweled him dry: ("All right now, dear, please stand up and let me dry you off. I shall avert my eyes, of course. Fine, now step out of the tub - and - actually, you are rather well grown, Jack. You're small but nice-looking. Did you know that?...The girls, I'm sure, will all be after you. And Jack...That way lies madness...You, you'll understand these things better when you're older. The point is, my dear boy, that we all must resist temptation. Purity is its own reward. Dear Jack, (she kissed him) welcome to your new home")
Jack's Bath Delivered by Sex-Obsessed Louise
"Are you thinking of Jesus, Jack?"
  • the scenes of Jack's days as a gunfighter (the "Soda Pop" Kid) when he met Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Corey) in a saloon
  • the hilarious scene in a teepee when Jack was encouraged to sleep with the three widowed sisters of his wife Sunshine (Aimée Eccles), while she was giving birth; the sisters (Digging Bear, Little Elk, and Corn Woman) each took turns having sex with Jack inside the teepee; during the first instance as he climbed under a blanket, Jack mused: "Well, I guess you'll do as well as any. I figured she was the littlest one, and it would be easy. But Lord help us, them young girls is deadly. However, the Great Spirit was with me and I survived"; afterwards, Sunshine praised the exhausted Jack: "I knew you were a good man"
  • the recreation of insane Gen. George Armstrong Custer's (Richard Mulligan) 1868 mid-winter surprise attack and brutal massacre of Black Kettle's Cheyenne encampment (of mostly women and children) on Indian lands at Washita River (shot silently through a telephoto lens) with the additional slaughter of Indian horses and views of bodies lying in the snow, in the midst of which Custer made insensitive comments: ("You think it's shocking to shoot a few ponies? Well, let me tell you, the women are far more important than the ponies. The point is, they breed like rats, however, Lieutenant, this is a legal action. And the men are under strict orders not to shoot the women. Unless, of course, they refuse to surrender")
  • the scene of Custer's "mule-skinner" scout Jack, using reverse psychology, tricking General Custer into leading his cavalry troops to the disastrous Little Big Horn - where they were massacred: ("General, you go down there... There are thousands of Indians down there. And when they get done with you, there won't be nothin' left but a greasy spot. This ain't the Washita River, General. And them ain't helpless women and children waitin' for ya. They're Cheyenne brave and Sioux. You go down there if you got the nerve"); Custer thought he had outsmarted Jack and vowed to proceed: ("Still trying to outsmart me, aren't you, mule skinner? You want me to think that you don't want me to go down there, but the subtle truth is, you really don't want me to go down there. Well, are you reassured now, Major? Men of the seventh! The hour of victory is at hand! Onward to Little Big Horn and glory!")
  • toward the end of the film, Chief Old Lodge Skins' decision to die, accompanied by Jack to the Indian burial ground, where he made a speech about his gratitude before lying down to die: ("It makes my heart sad. A world without Human Beings has no center to it....It is a good day to die! Thank you for making me a Human Being! Thank you for helping me to become a warrior. Thank you for my victories and for my defeats. Thank you for my vision and the blindness in which I saw further. You make all things and direct them in their ways, oh Grandfather. And now, you have to silence the Human Beings! We'll soon walk a road that leads nowhere. I am going to die now, unless death wants to fight. And I ask you for the last time to grant me my old power to make things happen. Take care of my son, here. See that he doesn't go crazy."); but then when it started to rain, the Chief remarked as he sat up: ("Am I still in this world?...Well, sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn't")

121 Year-Old Jack Crabb

Jack Crabb: aka "Little Big Man"

"I'm a white man!"

The "Soda Pop" Kid with Wild Bill Hickok

Jack Sleeping with the Three Widowed Sisters of His Wife

Gen. Custer's Washita River Massacre

Custer: "Onward to Little Big Horn"

Chief Old Lodge Skins' Dying Speech

Little Caesar (1930)

In director Mervyn LeRoy's crime/gangster film - one of the first "talkie" gangster movies:

  • the opening scene introducing the small-town petty thug title character: wide-mouthed, squat-faced Enrico "Rico" Bandello (Edward G. Robinson) with his boyhood friend Joe Massara (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) in a seamy, run-down diner; after ordering spaghetti, Rico read a newspaper account about major underworld kingpin mobster "Diamond" Pete Montana (Ralph Ince), and covetously said: "He doesn't have to waste his time on cheap gas stations. He's somebody. He's in the big town, doing things in a big way. And look at us, just a couple of nobodies, nothin'....I could do all the things that fella does, and more, only I never got my chance. Why, what's there to be afraid of? And when I get in a tight spot, I shoot my way out of it. Why sure. Shoot first and argue afterwards. You know, this game ain't for guys that's soft!"
  • the contrast between friend gigolo Joe's breakaway life with girlfriend and dance partner Olga Stassoff (Glenda Farrell), while Rico kept pulling him back into a life of crime; Olga begged Joe to break free of the gang: "You're through with that bunch - oh, you don't belong, Joe. You're not that kind," but Joe felt loyalty to his gang
  • the scene of vain Caesar Enrico or Rico "Little Caesar" Bandello at a testimonial dinner banquet at Chicago's Palermo Club, after joining the gang of gangster chief Sam Vettori (Stanley Fields); he vainly agreed to have his picture taken by newspaper photographers (he reflexively combed his hair), ignoring the fact that it would create negative publicity - "What do I care when I want folks to see what the boys think of me."
  • the sequence of Rico's threat to rival gangster Little Arnie Lorch (Maurice Black) as he rose to the top: ("If you ain't out of town by tomorrow morning, you won't ever leave it except in a pine box. I'm takin' over this territory")
  • the scene after Rico had killed the new crime commissioner and had taken over as boss of the gang - and his threat about cowardly members: ("There's a rope around my neck right now and they only hang ya once. If anybody turns yella and squeals, my gun's gonna speak its piece")
  • the memorable ending as Rico was surrounded, and he hid behind a billboard with a gigantic poster (advertising Joe Massara and Olga Strassoff starring in a new dance show at the Grand Theatre: Tipsy, Topsy, Turvy - A Laughing Singing Dancing Success) when he saw a police car approaching; police Sgt. "The Bull" Flaherty (Thomas Jackson) yelled out: "You'd better give up, Rico. You haven't got a chance," although Rico resisted: "You want me, you'll have to come and get me"; Rico was given one final ultimatum: "This is your last chance, Rico. Are you comin' out, or do ya want to be carried out?"
  • the roadside billboard was raked with machine-gun fire, peppering the lower part of the poster across Rico's figure with bullets; slowly, Rico fell and collapsed to the ground, his derby hat rolling off his head in front of him where he pathetically lay sprawled on the ground; the police stood above his body, as Flaherty asserted: "Well, Rico. It looks like you and I are going to take that little ride together"; Rico looked up defiantly and disbelieving that he was about to die following the shoot-out: ("No, no we ain't. I told you little buzzards like you will never put any handcuffs on me"); Flaherty responded: "You should have come out when I told you to, Rico."
Rico's Ignominious Death
  • Rico painfully grabbed his sides and with a last gasp, moaned out his final words in a memorable death scene as he was lying sprawled on the ground; his final cry - his final epitaph - was: ("Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?"); the final shot dissolved into view. it contrasted the gritty scene of Rico's end behind the billboard with the front of the billboard, which extravagantly announced the escapist musical/dance show: "Tipsy Topsy Turvy"

Opening Diner Scene

Rico: Snarling, Hot-Headed, and "Quick on the Trigger"

Joe (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) with Olga (Glenda Farrell)

Vain "Little Caesar" Having Picture Taken

Rico to Rival Little Arnie Lorch: "I'm takin' over this territory"

The Little Colonel (1935)

In Shirley Temple's first costume picture, she performed her first tap-dance pairing with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson - their tap dancing duet was reprised with their competitive "challenge dance" up and down wooden apartment steps in The Littlest Rebel (1935) (see below):

  • the celebrated stairway dance scene in which young Lloyd Sherman (Shirley Temple) tapped side-by-side down and then up a staircase with Walker (Bill Robinson), her grandfather Colonel Lloyd’s butler

Fancy Footwork

End of Dance

The Little Foxes (1941)

In director William Wyler's family melodrama based upon Lillian Hellman's work:

  • the scene of the lengthy conversation between ruthless wife Regina (Bette Davis) and her invalid husband Horace Giddens (Herbert Marshall) when he revealed his disgust at the exploitative family's dirty dealings, and she declared that she was waiting for him to die: (Horace: "Maybe it's easy for the dying to be honest. I'm sick of you, sick of this house, sick of my unhappy life with you. I'm sick of your brothers and their dirty tricks to make a dime. There must be better ways of getting rich than building sweatshops and pounding the bones of the town to make dividends for you to spend. You'll wreck the town, you and your brothers. You'll wreck the country, you and your kind, if they let you. But not me, I'll die my own way, and I'll do it without making the world any worse. I leave that to you." Regina: "I hope you die! I hope you die soon!...I'll be waiting for you to die!")
Conversation Between Regina and Horace
  • the famous, impressively-filmed, deep-focus scene of the coronary seizure of Horace Giddens who was pleading for help as he struggled upstairs to get his heart medicine - behind his expressionless, unmoving, and stone-faced wife Regina who sat impassively on a sofa in the foreground; Horace collapsed into unconsciousness as he climbed the stairs behind her and suffered a fatal heart attack (without her deliberate lack of help)

Horace's Heart Attack on Staircase

Regina's Impassive Neglect of Her Dying Husband On Stairs Behind Her

Little Rural Riding Hood (1949) (animation short)

In Tex Avery's fourth of four versions of the "Little Red Riding Hood" fairytale, preceded by Little Red Walking Hood (1938), Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), and Swing Shift Cinderella (1945) - a subversive, plot-twist cartoon about the forces of censorship, and the adage: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder":

  • the two main archetypal characters: a goofy-voiced bumpkin Country Wolf (voice of Pinto Colvig), and an extremely ugly, skinny, buck-toothed, backwoods Country Red Riding Hood (voice of Colleen Collins) with a strong Appalachian accent
  • the scene in which the Country Wolf was sent a Western Onion picture-telegram by his sophisticated and suave City Wolf Cousin (voice of Daws Butler), suggesting that he come to the city to see a "real Red Riding Hood" - and the Country Wolf Cousin's excited reaction to viewing the picture of his new shapely and potential lust object - all parts of his body separated, his eyes bulged, his hind end raised into the air, and his tongue extended onto the floor
Country Wolf's Reaction to Picture of City Red Riding Hood
  • the scene in a city nightclub, where the two tuxedoed Wolf cousins watched as the City Red Riding Hood (voice of Imogene Lynn), a sultry chanteuse performed the song: "Oh, Wolfie" - the City Wolf had to restrain the grabbing, whistling and hysterical reactions of his cousin, the Country Wolf, to the erotic sexy female
  • the final segment, when the City Wolf had to extract his Country Wolf cousin from the club, with an apology: "Oh, I'm very sorry Cousin, but I'm afraid city life is a bit too much for you. I shall motor you back to the country"; they motored out of the city in the City Wolf's stretch red roadster
The First Sight of Country Red
City Wolf's Reaction
  • back in the country, the City Wolf was astonished in the same exaggerated way by his first sight of the Country Red Riding Hood, who greeted them with a seductive "Howdy, boys!"; the City Wolf was likewise restrained and told by the Country Wolf: "Sorry cousin, this country life's too much for ya. I'll have to take ya back to the city"

Country Red Riding Hood

Country Wolf with Country Red

City Wolf Restraining Country Wolf During City Red's Singing

City Red's Performance of "Oh, Wolfie"

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

In Frank Oz' comedy/sci-fi musical (a remake of the original 1960 film by director Roger Corman), about a flower-shop worker in Mushnik's Floral Shop located in "Skid Row":

  • the 'character' of nerdy flower-shop worker Seymour Krelborn's (Rick Moranis) fast-growing Venus Fly-Trap-type plant, voraciously requesting: "Feed me, Seymour"
  • the many appearances of the doo-wop Greek chorus trio, (a girl group "Greek Chorus" comprised of Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell) who sang the title song "Little Shop of Horrors" and later "The Meek Shall Inherit"
The Greek Chorus Trio
  • the song "Dentist!" introduced sadistically abusive, motorcycle-riding and torturing dentist Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (Steve Martin): ("When I was younger, just a bad little kid, My momma noticed funny things I did, Like shootin' puppies with a BB gun, I'd poison guppies And when I was done, I'd find a pussy cat and bash in its head. That's when my momma said... She said My boy, I think someday, You'll find a way To make your natural tendencies pay. You'll be a dentist, You have a talent for causing things pain. Son, be a dentist. People will pay you to be inhumane. Your temperament's wrong for the priesthood, And teaching would suit you still less. Aah! Son, be a dentist, You'll be a success...")
  • the scene of Dr. Scrivello's appointment with masochistic patient Arthur Denton (Bill Murray) with a "history of dental problems" who needed "a long, slow root canal"; as he got into the dentist's chair, he delivered a long and nervous monologue about his past experiences with dentists before and during the painful procedure: ("I went to a terrible dentist Wednesday, who was recommended to me by somebody that I saw on Monday who is the brother of a man that I usually see on Sundays. And their mother actually taught them everything that they know. She's incredibly gifted, but quite elderly. And a lot of people think she shouldn't be working. But I go to her because I'm just incredibly devoted to her strength. She can't really see who you are, but she knows, she knows the sound of your voice. And if you tell her where it is, the problem, she eventually works her way back and she finds the trouble and she does it. I wish I had that stamina, 'cause I can only go so long. That's how I want to be. I don't ever want to have to be just... I remember the first time I went to a dentist. I thought, 'Gosh, What a neat job! If only I were a dentist.' The dentist I went to had the greatest car. He had a Corvette. I thought, 'My gosh. Everybody calls him 'Doctor, ' and he's not really a doctor.' Oh, my God. 'If only I got out of here okay.' But then after everything was all finished, they gave me a candy bar. I thought, 'This is what I get? A candy bar?' This is what you do. You go through a little thing and get chocolate out of it. Getting to work with incredible professionals who use incredibly, incredibly wonderful equipment...Ahhh! Ahhh! Candy bar! Ohh! Candy bar! Candy bar! Gosh! Oh, God. Do it again. Oh, God, doctor. Whoo! Yeah, aw, great! Oh, you are something special. You are something special! Come on! Come on! Come on! Mm, aw, oh! Thank you! Oh, y eah, thank you! Oh, my God. It's your professionalism that I respect. Oh, God! Don't stop, doc! Don't stop! Come on! More! Yeah! Yeah, come on! Yeah!..."); when the dentist was finished, he ordered Arthur out of the office, and then mumbled to himself: ("God-damn sicko!")
Dr. Scrivello's Appointment with
Masochistic Patient Arthur Denton
  • the dentist's own lethal addiction to nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • the buxom bimbo and shrill-voiced flower arranger Audrey (Ellen Greene) - the object of Seymour's infatuated crush - and Seymour's duet "Suddenly Seymour" with Audrey: ("...Audrey, that's all behind you now. You got nothin' to be ashamed of. You're a very nice person. I always knew you were. Underneath the bruises and the handcuffs, you know what I saw? A girl I respected. I still do. (singing) Lift up your head. Wash off your mascara. Here, take my Kleenex. Wipe that lipstick away. Show me your face. Clean as the morning. I know things were bad. But now they're okay...")
  • the show-stopping rock-bop tune "Downtown (Skid Row)" sung by the cast - the entire neighborhood of bums, drunks, prostitutes, and lower class apartment dwellers, and Seymour's heart-felt plea to his new-found plant "Grow for Me"
  • the concluding scene of the giant, carnivorous fly-trap plant Audrey II menacing Seymour and singing "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space": ("I'm just a mean green mother from outer space. And I'm bad - mean, green, bad. I'm just a mean green mother from outer space, and it looks like you've been had. I'm just a mean green mother from outer space, so get off my back and get out my face. 'Cause I'm mean and green and I am bad, I'm bad")
  • the demise of Audrey II (in the theatrical ending) when Seymour electrocuted it with an electrical cable, and the giant plant exploded, although it might return - a small plant bud was viewed in the front yard flower bed of the idyllic, dream-like suburban home of Seymour and Audrey (now a married couple)

Seymour Krelborn

"Feed me, Seymour"


Audrey with Seymour: "Suddenly Seymour"

"Downtown (Skid Row)"

"Grow for Me"

Audrey II: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"

Audrey II Electrocuted

Small Plant Bud

Little Women (1933)

In director George Cukor's classic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel about the March family in Concord, Massachusetts, distinguished by snowy opening title credits, and set during the Civil War Era:

  • the scene of the four March sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, discussing what they would each do with their Christmas present of $1 dollar from their well-to-do Aunt March (Edna May Oliver): (Jo advised her practical sisters: "Let's each buy what we want and have a little fun. I'm sure we work hard enough")
  • the amusing malapropisms by pretty but selfish daughter Amy March (Joan Bennett): ("I know what I mean, and you needn't be 'statirical' about it! It's proper to use good words and improve your 'vocabilary'"); spirited, tomboyish Jo (Katharine Hepburn) got into an argument with Amy, who told her: "I detest rude, unladylike girls," to which Jo responded: "I hate affected, niminy-piminy chicks"; Beth (Jean Parker) advised both of them - and particularly Jo: "Really, you're both to blame. You're old enough now to leave off boyish tricks and behave better, Josephine. Now you are so tall and turn up your hair, you must remember you're almost a young lady" - and then she told off Amy: "As for you, Amy, your absurd words are as bad as Jo's slang. Your airs are funny now, but you'll grow into an affected little goose unless you take care"; Jo told her sisters about her intentions to be an author and playwright: "Wait until I become a famous author and make my fortune. Then we'll all ride in fine carriages, dressed like Flo King snubbing Amy's friends and telling Aunt March to go to the dickens"
  • the scene of their beloved mother Marmee March's (Spring Byington) reading of a letter to her daughters from their father fighting for the Union in the Civil War: ("Give them all my dear love and a kiss. Tell them I know they will remember all I said to them: that they will be loving children to you, they will do their duty faithfully, fight their bosom enemies bravely and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them, I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women")
  • the repetition of Jo's enthusiastic favorite expression: "Christopher Columbus!"
  • the scene of Jo's rejection of romance and marriage to wealthy neighbor and childhood acquaintance Laurie (Douglass Montgomery) who had just graduated from college - he told her of his long and faithful love: "You've kept away from me ever since I got back from college. And I studied so hard and I graduated with honors, it was all for you....Then won't ya listen? Please. I've loved you ever since I've known you. I couldn't help it. I've tried to show it, but you wouldn't let me. But now I'm going to make you hear it and give me an answer...for I just can't go on so any longer. I know I'm not half good enough for you. But, well, if you love me, you can make me anything you like"; Jo tried to dissuade his romantic intentions: "As though I'd change you, Laurie. Laurie, you should marry some lovely, accomplished girl who adores you. Someone who would grace your beautiful house. I shouldn't. I loathe elegant society and you like it. And you hate my scribbling and I can't get on without it. And we should quarrel...oh yes, we always have, you know...And everything would be so horrid if we were ever foolish enough to (marry)..." - she rejected his proposal and then apologized: "I can't. Oh, Laurie, I'm sorry. So desperately sorry...I don't think I'll ever marry"
  • the reassuring words of dying Beth March to older sister Jo, due to a reoccurrence of her scarlet fever: ("I'm not afraid anymore! I'm learning that I don't lose you, that you'll be more to me than ever, and NOTHING can part us, though it seems to. Oh, Jo! I think I'll be homesick for you - even in heaven")
  • aspiring author Jo's written ode to her sister titled "My Beth": ("Oh my sister, passing from me / Out of human care and strife / Leave me, as a gift those virtues / Which have beautified your life / By that deep and solemn river / Where your willing feet now stand")
Death Scene of Beth - Comforted by Sister Jo
  • Beth's last words as she was comforted by Jo: ("I think I can sleep now. Oh look, Jo. My birds. They got back in time") - at the moment of her death when the birds flew off from the window sill
  • as the film started to reach its conclusion, Jo reconciled with Laurie, although explained that now that they were older, they would be better as brother/sister: ("We never can be boy and girl again, Laurie. Those happy old times can't come back. We shouldn't expect them to. We're man and woman now, we can't be playmates any longer. But we can be brother and sister, to love and help one another all the rest of our lives, can't we, Laurie?")
  • the ending scene of the sisters with their husbands (Meg with John Brooke (John Lodge), and Amy with Laurie) returning home for a long-awaited visit, and Jo's aside to Beth in heaven: "It's fun, isn't it, Bethie? Now that we're all together again"
  • and the curtain-closing, outside-in-the-rain proposal of German linguist Professor Bhaer (Paul Lukas) from NYC, who had brought Jo's manuscript for Little Women and announced it had just been published; he then confessed his love to Jo and meekly proposed: ("Would you - Oh, I have no courage to think that, but could I dare hope that I know I shouldn't make so free as to ask. I-I have nothing to give but my heart so full and these empty hands"), and she accepted ("Not empty now") - she kissed him as he replied: "Oh, hearts dearest" - and then welcomed him into the door ("Welcome home") to join the family reunion

Jo (Katharine Hepburn) with Her Three Sisters Discussing $1 Dollar Christmas Gift

Marmee's Reading of Letter from Mr. March Fighting in Civil War

Jo with Laurie - Rejecting His Marriage Proposal

Jo to Laurie: "We're man and woman now..."

Jo's Aside to Beth: "It's fun, isn't it, Bethie? Now that we're all together again"

Jo's Final Line to Professor Bhaer After Accepting His Marriage Proposal: "Welcome home"

The Littlest Rebel (1935)

In director David Butler's musical comedy (often computer-colorized), a Civil War saga with child star Shirley Temple:

  • the scene of six-year old Southern plantation-dwelling daughter Virginia "Virgie" Cary (Shirley Temple) at her birthday party, where the Cary's black house slave Uncle Billy (vaudeville and musical stage star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson) tap-danced for the young guests in the dining room, to the harmonica-played tune of "Turkey In The Straw"
  • Virgie's defiant, spunky and spiteful shooting of her sling-shot at approaching Union commander Colonel Morrison (Jack Holt), and then bragging to him: "I'm a Confederate" - he responded: "So you're a little rebel, eh?"; she repeated her identity, with her arms firmly resting on her small hips: "I'm not a rebel. My daddy said so. I'm a Confederate"; she also taunted him by marching back and forth while singing the southern tune "(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land"
  • her tap-dancing with Uncle Billy in a slave cabin (with a harmonica playing "Turkey in the Straw")
  • her singing of "Polly Wolly Doodle" (with Uncle Billy accompanying her on the banjo) outside the jail where her Confederate officer father Captain Herbert Cary (John Boles) was incarcerated; she also reprised the singing of "Polly Wolly Doodle" as the film concluded
Tap-Dancing to
"Turkey in the Straw"
"Polly Wolly Doodle"
'Challenge' Tap Dance: "She and I"
  • also, Virgie's "challenge" tap-dancing in the public square with Uncle Billy to the tune of the song "She and I" - including their tap-dancing up and down a short set of wooden, apartment house steps (reprising the staircase scene in The Little Colonel (1935)), followed by their passing of two caps (one Confederate and one Union) in order to acquire money for "railroad fare"
  • her charming of President Lincoln (Frank McGlynn, Sr.) by sharing slices of an apple with him, and prompting him to pardon both Colonel Morrison and her father

"Virgie" Cary
(Shirley Temple)

Uncle Billy (Bill "Bojangles" Robinson) Tap-Dancing

"I'm a Confederate"

President Abraham Lincoln with "Virgie" - Eating Slices of Apple

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

In director Henry Hathaway's sweeping, escapist adventure tale of three British officers of the 41st Regiment of the Bengal Lancers stationed in the frontier of northwest India (later Pakistan), who defended their headquarters at Bengal against the rebellious natives during the days of the British India (aka the Raj):

  • the characterization of stubborn, strict, by-the-book, and high-ranking commanding officer Colonel Tom Stone (Sir Guy Standing) (nicknamed "Old Ramrod") and his coldness toward his young naive son Lt. Donald Stone (Richard Cromwell) serving as a Bengal Lancer in his regiment
  • the scene of arrogant and insolent replacement Bengal Lancer (from "the Blues" regiment), the experienced Lt. Forsythe (Franchot Tone) playing a snake charmer's pipe to deliberately irritate fellow lancer, Scottish-Canadian Lt. Alan "Mac" McGregor (Gary Cooper) as part of their ongoing friendly rivalry - and inadvertently attracting a swaying cobra to his side
  • the seductive trap of Tania Volkanskaya (Kathleen Burke), Khan's seductive mistress, who tricked Lt. Stone into being captured - and brought to evil warring chieftain and rebel leader Mohammed Khan's (Douglas Dumbrille) remote retreat high in the mountains beyond the Khyber, where he was leading an uprising against the British
  • disregarding orders, McGregor and Forsythe (without support from Col. Stone to rescue his son) dressed up as Pashto rug peddlers-merchants (with darkened skin) to infiltrate Khan's stronghold to free Stone, but Tania recognized them and their plan failed - and they were imprisoned
  • the polite words of Khan that provided a warning to the three captive lancers after they were taken prisoner: ("Well, gentlemen. We have ways to make men talk")
  • the subsequent scene of torture ("unpleasant extremes") in which a prisoner's hands were held down, and bamboo slivers were driven beneath the finger-nails, and the sensitive skin underneath was set afire by burning the slivers; under duress, Lt. Stone eventually confessed about the location of an ammunition shipment (with two million rounds of ammunition) in a convoy-caravan
Torture with Bamboo Slivers Under Fingernails
  • the prisoners' cure for boredom by betting millions of non-existent rupees on cockroach races within their makeshift dungeon cell (the insects were named after their enemies, "Khan" and "Tania")
  • their suspenseful, almost-suicidal scheme to escape and heroically defeat Khan during the climactic battle (McGregor sacrificed his life by blowing up the armory stocked with the stolen ammunition, while Lt. Stone redeemed himself by stabbing Khan in the back) - resulting in the surrender of the remaining rebels
Armory Blown Up, Killing McGregor
Khan Stabbed in the Back with Dagger Held By Lt. Stone
  • the final scene on the parade ground when the Lancers (Forsythe and Stone) were honored for distinguished service with Distinguished Service Order medals - a third medal (the Victoria Cross) was given posthumously to McGregor (represented by a riderless horse)

Commanders of the Bengal Lancer Regiment

Forsythe: Snake Charmer Joke

Seductress Tania Volkanskaya (Kathleen Burke)

Forsythe and McGregor Disguised

Khan: "Well, gentlemen. We have ways to make men talk"

Lt. Stone Honored By Father During Ceremony

The Lives of Others (2006, Germ.) (aka Das Leben der Anderen)

In writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's dramatic thriller (his debut feature film and the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film) - an acclaimed German socio-political drama and character study set in the 1980s:

  • the scene of the bugging of suspected but successful Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman's (Sebastian Koch) apartment by the East German Stasi (secret police)
  • the keyhole shot of an apartment neighbor noticing the activity and being threatened to keep silent
  • the continual round-the-clock monitoring of Dreyman's activities by survelliance agent Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in his final role before his death in a part written specifically for him by the writer/director) who was slowly transformed into being a conflicted but sympathetic 'guardian angel' (in the elevator scene with a young boy)
  • the scene in which Dreyman's devoted lover, beautiful actress Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck) cleansed herself (both physically and emotionally) in the bathtub/shower of the filth after a forced sexual encounter with Cultural Department head Minister Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme) in the backseat of his limousine (in exchange for prescription drugs and protection)
Unwanted Sexual Encounter
Cleansing Herself
Christa-Maria to Georg Dreyman: "Just Hold Me"
  • the scene of the comforting of Christa-Maria by Dreyman when she was curled up in a fetal position, and she requested: "Just hold me"
  • Wiesler's failed attempt to emulate the tenderness of CMS' and Dreyman's relationship with a rigidly-scheduled prostitute in his drab apartment
  • the heart-breaking scene in which a distressed Christa-Maria committed suicide by running in front of a truck after she thought she had betrayed Dreyman by revealing the location of his incriminating red-ribboned typewriter that he had used to pen an anonymous article (ironically about suicide in East Germany) for West German magazine Der Spiegel - she was unaware that Wiesler had secretly removed the typewriter from under the apartment's doorsill to protect her and Dreyman
  • the scene of Georg's anguish over Christa-Maria's bloody death in the street
  • the scene in which a demoted Wiesler quietly walked out of his dead-end mail-steaming job nearly 5 years later when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989
  • the final sequence in which Georg discovered that Wielser had protected him when he read the declassified surveillance transcripts on himself, and discovered a thumbprint smudge of red ink (from the red-ribboned typewriter) next to his official notation HGW XX/7
  • the scene of Georg locating Wiesler (now a newspaper deliveryman) and deciding not to introduce himself to the humbled man
  • the final scene two years later when Wiesler saw a bookstore poster advertising a new book written by Dreyman titled "Sonata For a Good Man" and its dedication: "HGW XX/7 gewidmet, in Dankbarkeit. (Dedicated to HGW XX/7, in Gratitude)"
  • the film's final line of dialogue: Wiesler's subdued, double-entendre reply to the cashier's question if he'd like the book he was purchasing gift-wrapped: ("No, it's for me")

Keyhole View of Neighbor, Watching E. German Secret Police (Stasi)

Agent Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler

Wiesler with Prostitute

Suicidal Death of Christa-Maria - in Georg's Arms

Thumbprint of Red Ink

Wiesler Buying Dreyman's Latest Book: "It's for me"

Local Hero (1983, UK)

In writer/director Bill Forsyth's whimsical, magically light Scottish comedy - about a life-changing business trip by an oil executive to a Scottish fishing town:

  • the film's premise: a major Houston oil company (Knox Oil & Gas) wanted to take over the idyllic, fictional Scottish coastal fishing town of Ferness as an oil refinery site - causing the local residents at first to become ecstatic at the thought of instant wealth: ("They have a right to make what they can of it. You can't eat scenery")
  • the character of straight-laced, ambitious Knox executive businessman "Mac" MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) who was sent to Ferness on a mission to purchase essentially the entire town - about two dozen properties, including families, businesses, and farms; he offered a deal to Ferness' local innkeeper-accountant-mayor Gordon Urquhart (Denis Lawson): ("I don't want to be coy with you, Gordon. We want to buy the whole place. We want to buy everything from the cliffs to the north, through to the bay on the far side - that's all!") - but "Mac" was soon to be transformed into a laid-back, sweater-wearing beachcombing philosopher
  • the funny running gag between eccentric billionaire Knox CEO Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster) and pushy psychiatrist Moritz (Norman Chancer) who was employed to insult and abuse him on a regular basis; Moritz used abusive therapy, made hostile phone calls on the village's sole phone box-booth: ("I'm still here, Happer! And you're still a useless motherf--ker"), and displayed a hate message on the skyscraper wall: "HAPPER IS A MOTHERF--" - causing Happer to growl orders to his secretary: ("And Mrs. Wyatt. There's a madman on the roof. You'd better call the police to get some marksman over here. Shoot him off. Shoot to kill")
  • the scenes of Knox's local representative Danny Oldsen (Peter Capaldi) and his growing relationship after meeting with Knox marine researcher Marina (Jenny Seagrove) at the Knox research facility in Aberdeen; Marina was complimented by her two colleagues Watt (Alex Norton) and Geddes (Rikki Fulton) for her swimming and breathing abilities: "She's got a magnificent pair of lungs... Oh, yes. A great asset. Five degrees in Oceanography and a very talented programmer"
  • Danny and Marina watched the Aurora Borealis ("It's red all over!") - and his romance with the suspected mermaid - especially after kissing her feet and discovering them to be webbed
"She's got a magnificent pair of lungs"
Romance Between Danny and Marina - Watching Aurora Borealis
Danny Kissing the Webbed-Feet of Marina
  • the bonding between Happer and old, crusty hermit/vagrant and beachcomber Ben Knox (Fulton Mackay) who was discovered to own the beach through a grant from the Lord of the Isles to his ancestor; he was continually reluctant to sell his beach land, although "Mac" tried to entice him with picture postcards of other beaches: ("I've got some very fine beaches here - I wanna make you an offer. How about this? Any beach that takes your fancy anywhere in the world, I'll get for you!"); Ben replied: "They look like very nice beaches, Mr. Macintyre. But, see, I only need the one. I have this here. I don't need another one"; then Ben made an offer: "Would you give me a pound note for every grain of sand I hold in my hand? You can have the beach for that" - the suspicious "Mac" declined, but foolishly didn't realize that there were no more than ten thousand grains in Ben's palm
  • and the happy ending in which nearly everyone benefited: the town was spared from being destroyed (the refinery was located off-shore instead), the townspeople got rich, Happer found his place in life (remarking: "Oldsen, I could grow to love this place"), Marina had her oceanographic research facility built (the "Happer Institute"), and Danny won over Marina
  • the concluding scene when Mac was forced to return to the rat-race of Houston despite becoming deeply acclimated to the town life - memorably before he left, he offered to swap his life with Gordon: ("I wanna stay here, run the hotel, do little bits of business, you can go to Houston. Take the Porsche, the house, the job. It's a good life there, Gordon")
  • the sad, transcendent ending when Mac was in his apartment and decorated it with the scant mementos from his trip (clam shells and a few photos pinned to his bulletin board)
  • the evocative final long shot of the town and its sole red phone booth, futilely ringing (was Mac trying to call the town? or was it just a memory?)

"Mac" Describing His Mission to Ferness Mayor Gordon Urquhart

Hostile Phone Calls


"Mac" Offering Any Other Beach in the World to Entice Ben Knox to Sell His Beach

"Mac" to the Mayor: "I wanna stay here"

"Mac" Back in Houston Apartment with Only Memories on His Bulletin Board

Final Long Shot of Scottish Village with Red Phone Box

Lola (1961, Fr.)

In Jacques Demy's first feature film - a dreamy and lyrical romantic drama (made in tribute to director Max Ophuls) about chance encounters and criss-crossing lives, shared or mirrored stories, and repeated situations for the main protagonists - all enhanced by Michel Legrand's original music:

  • in the opening credits sequence, the introduction of a driver of a white Cadillac convertible - revealed to be wealthy, white-suited Michel (Jacques Harden), who had unexpectedly returned to the French coastal port-city of Nantes - his hometown, hoping to look up prostitute and Marlene-Dietrich-like cabaret dance-hall girl and chanteuse (inspired by Sternberg's The Blue Angel (1930, Germ.)) with a long cigarette holder - who had adopted the stage name Lola (Anouk Aimée) - she was an alluring and mysterious single mother named Cecile - and Michel was hoping to marry her; years earlier as a sailor, he had jilted and deserted her to seek a fortune, and left her with a son named Yvon (Gérard Delaroche), now 7 years-old
  • the tale of Lola/Cecile - and her acquaintances with a trio of lovers:
    Michel - her true love from years earlier
    Roland Cassard (Marc Michel) - a bored drifter, and Lola/Cecile's ex-boyfriend from 15 years earlier before WWII (who was considering taking a job as a smuggler) and
    white-uniformed blonde American sailor Frankie (Alan Scott) from Chicago - on shore leave in Nantes, who reminded Lola of her own lost sailor Michel
Cabaret Dancer and Chanteuse Lola (Anouk Aimée) - aka Cecile
"It's me...Lola! The one who laughs at anything and says Love's a lovely thing! Wins men's hearts without fear, and gives without a tear!..."
  • the iconic scene of Lola's flirty, top-hatted performance of her own theme song "Lola" - posing and dancing seductively for the camera, with a black boa wrapped around her shoulders, and a top hat: "It's me...Lola! The one who laughs at anything and says Love's a lovely thing! Wins men's hearts without fear, and gives without a tear! To older guys or brave young men, Is always asking Where or When, Likes to please them everyday, Without going all the way. It's me...Lola! I see a ship tied to a buoy, Then I meet a sailor boy, We sing and we dance, We play with romance, We whirl and we spin, Then I say with a grin, That I mean no, It's time to go! That's enough, Don't get rough, It's me...Lola! I say, 'Oh, please come back!' Then I smile behind your back. But I'm lost on a dream, One that's not a scheme, It's all peaches and cream, He'll take me in his arms and show me, That out of thousands he will know me, You, You! It's true. It's me...Lola!"
  • the sequences of Roland meeting up with older and widowed Mme. Desnoyers (Elina Labourdette) and her 14 year-old teenaged daughter Cécile Desnoyers (Annie Duperoux), also named Cecile (a younger version of Lola) -- because of her name, Roland was reminded of his earlier relationship with Lola/Cecile, his first love
  • the teenaged, infatuated 14 year-old Cecile's mirroring of the life of her counterpart, Lola, who in a delightful and sensual sequence, spent an afternoon at a fair with older sailor Frankie; the two shared a few rides (bumper cars and a merry-go-round - during the ride on the merry-go-round, a smiling and ecstatic Cecile rested her head on his shoulder) - to the tune of Bach's First Prelude from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • the magical fair sequence was highlighted by the magnificent gliding and swirling of seven slow-motion camera shots, when Frankie jumped off the ride, turned and lifted the emotionally-moved Cecile into the air and twirled her around, with her hair swinging and spinning around her face, and then the two joyously ran through the crowd, before they parted and she told him in broken English: "Goodbye Frankie"
Sailor Frankie at the Fairgrounds with 14 Year-Old Cecile
  • in the unrealistic 'Hollywood' ending and final scene, Michel picked up Lola (and her son), and they drove off in his white convertible; as they left town, Lola briefly spotted Roland walking alone on the street in the opposite direction (Lola glanced back) - Michel asked: "What's wrong?" Lola responded (the film's final line): "Nothing"

White-Suited Michel in His Hometown of Nantes (Under Title Credits)

The Cabaret Where Lola Performed

Lola with Roland

Lola with Sailor Frankie

Lola With Michel

Final Scene: Michel Picked up Lola and Son and Drove Off in His White Convertible

Lola Montes (1955, Fr.) (aka The Sins of Lola Montes)

In Max Ophuls' inspired first (and last) color and widescreen film -- in CinemaScope -- a technically brilliant epic historical-biopic drama about the life story of a notorious, sexy and ribald seductress - structured as a series of flashbacked, non-chronological, disjointed tableaux while surrounded by acrobats, dwarves, and other circus performers:

  • the title character - the infamous, 19th-century adventuress and courtesan-prostitute Lola Montes (Martine Carol) - the main attraction in a bizarre and gaudy circus in New Orleans where the exploits of her scandalous life were dramatically re-enacted before an audience
  • the stunning opening sequence in which chandeliers descended before the top-hatted, circus owner-ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) emerged from behind a curtain and introduced the exploited Lola as a sideshow attraction to the expectant, vulgar audience (unseen); when she appeared motionless and enthroned on a platform, he manipulatively circled around her: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for. The most sensational act of the century. Entertainment, emotion, action, history! A creature a hundred times more murderous than any beast in our menagerie. A bloodthirsty monster with the eyes of an angel. Ravaged hearts, squandered fortunes, the saraband of lovers, scepters, crowns, an authentic revolution. Triumph and downfall. Lola Montes, Countess Maria Dolores of Lansfeld. In the very flesh! Here, ladies and gentlemen, the truth, nothing but the truth on the extraordinary life of Lola Montes, reenacted by the entire company in pantomime, acrobatics, tableaux vivants, with music and dance and with the entire orchestra....The first part of the show. Questions. Ask your questions, ladies and gentlemen. Lola Montes will answer the most shocking questions, the most intimate questions, the most indiscreet questions, about her scandalous career as femme fatale" - the Ringmaster continued to narrate the story of her past, seen in flashbacked vignettes
  • the sight of red-uniformed bellboys carrying hollowed-out, molded heads of Lola on sticks to collect quarters and dollars from the audience
  • the many reenactments of Lola's life, loves and career: her unhappy youth and marriage to her mother's lover Lt. Thomas James (Ivan Desny), her time as the mistress of composer Franz Liszt (Will Quadflieg), her abduction by a Russian general, her romance with a Latin-loving leftist German student (Oskar Werner), her scandalous public breakup with conductor Claudio Pirotto (Claude Pinoteau), and her affair with the deaf and elderly Bavarian King Ludwig I (Anton Walbrook) - when she became the Countess of Landsfeld
Lola's Daredevil Acrobatic Stunt
Lola in Wooden Cage - Kisses For a Dollar to Patrons
Pull-Back Beyond Closing Curtain
  • the sequence of Lola's climactic daredevil stunt (dangerously jumping without a net from a high platform, as a "fallen woman"), followed by a long line-up of eager paying male patrons (for a dollar) ready to kiss Lola's hand (enclosed, trapped or enshrined - like a beast - in a wooden cage) - ending with the camera pulling back along the lengthy line of gawking worshippers and finally tracking beyond a closing curtain

Exploitative Circus Owner-Ringmaster
(Peter Ustinov)

Lola Montes
(Martine Carol)

Red-Uniformed Bellboys with 'Lola' Heads on Sticks

Lolita (1962, UK/US)

In Stanley Kubrick's once-controversial black comedy version of Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel, told mostly in flashback - a dramatic story of juvenile temptation and perverse, late-flowering lust:

  • the erotic pedicure scene under the credits of obsessed, middle-aged boarder and literature professor Humbert Humbert (James Mason) cradling the title character's foot and then lovingly and devotedly painting her toenails with bright enamel
  • in the prologue, the opening mad Ping-Pong match between TV writer/pedophile Quilty (Peter Sellers) and the threatening Humbert: ("Do you want to die standing up or sitting down?"), who soon after wounded Quilty in the leg and then emptied his gun, as Quilty dragged himself away to find cover behind a Victorian, Gainsborough-type watercolor painting of an 18th century genteel young woman - Quilty screamed with childlike disbelief: "That hurts!" before slumping over dead; the camera's frame lingered on one of the bullet holes ripped through the face of the demure, innocent young woman - a symbol of abuse; Quilty was blamed for his part in seducing, running off and abandoning nymphet teenager Dolores 'Lolita' Haze (Sue Lyon)
Prologue: Deadly Shooting of Quilty by Humbert
Prologue: "Do you want to die standing up or sitting down?"
Humbert with Gun
Quilty Murdered Behind Victorian Portrait
  • the first image of skimpy, sultry and nubile bikini-clad 'Lolita' sunbathing in her back yard - sporting a broad-brimmed, feathered straw hat and heart-shaped plastic sunglasses - accompanied by a "Yi Yi" bubble-gum theme song as Humbert was led through the house by Lolita's blowsy mother Charlotte (Shelley Winters), as she noted: ("My flowers win prizes around here! They're the talk of the neighborhood. Voila!...My yellow roses. My - daughter....I can offer you a comfortable home, a sunny garden, a congenial atmosphere, my cherry pies"); Humbert immediately accepted her offer to rent a room, and explained his decision-making: ("I think it was your cherry pies!")
  • later, Humbert's sly leering at Lolita over the top edge of the book he was pretending to read, as she practiced twirling a hula-hoop around her thrusting, pubescent hips while counting the rotations
  • Lolita's continual teasing (unintentional and intentional) of Humbert, and her words of farewell to Humbert and her half-winking at him as she went away to summer camp: "Well, I guess I won't be seeing you again, huh?...Then I guess this is goodbye....Don't forget me"; soon after, to be near Charlotte's seductive child so that he could proceed with his nymphetomania, Humbert realized that he must marry Charlotte
  • the scene following Charlotte's accidental vehicular death when Humbert took a hot bath and sipped from a martini glass floating on the water; Charlotte's untimely death meant widower Humbert became Lolita's legal guardian and stepfather
  • Humbert drove the Haze station wagon to pick her up from summer camp; the aptly-named camp sign welcomed him: "CAMP CLIMAX FOR GIRLS - Drive Carefully"; he was reluctant to tell Lolita the truth about her mother's death - but he confessed his love for the not-so-naive Lolita and she responded: "You haven't even kissed me yet, have you?"
  • the scene of Humbert's and Lolita's overnight stay at a hotel (although Humbert slept on a separate cot) - and Lolita's early morning coquettish suggestion to play a game that she learned at camp (whispered into his ear), while seductively twirling the hair on his head with her finger: ("I-I learned some real good games in camp. One in particular-ly was fun... Well, I played it with Charlie...He's that guy that you met in the office....You sure you can't guess what game I'm talking about?...You mean you never played that game when you were a kid?...All righty then...") -- followed by a discrete fade to black
Lolita's Suggestion to Play Game in Hotel Room
  • four years later, Humbert saw Lolita once again after she had married and was six months pregnant - and in debt; he greeted her: ("So this is what Mrs. Richard T. Schiller looks like!"); Lolita was very unlike the sultry, sleek young girl he had remembered a few years earlier; she admitted to having had a continuing affair with another of the film's prominent characters, TV writer Clare Quilty, another pedophile; Humbert made one final plea to rescue her from her shabby, bland existence in a hovel (with her superficial husband) and return to their own world of the past; when she denied his request, he cried and poignantly reached for over $400 in cash, a check for $2,500, and a mortgage document (from her mother's estate) worth about $10,000; Lolita was astonished and concerned: "You mean we're getting thirteen thousand dollars? Wonderful. Oh, come on now, don't cry. I'm sorry. Try to understand. I'm really sorry that I cheated so much, but I guess that's just the way things are"; afterwards, Humbert rushed for his car, as she called out from the door with the wad of cash in her hand: "Hey, well listen, let's keep in touch, huh? I'll write to you when we get to Alaska"
  • driving away from Lolita's home in the fog, Humbert proceeded toward Quilty's mansion - he was insanely motivated to commit murder for Quilty's duplicity and his part in seducing, running off and abandoning Lolita; the film returned to the prologue (now epilogue) in which Humbert called out: "Quilty, Quilty!" before the scene faded to black
  • the ending shot in the epilogue - a second view of the watercolor painting of a young woman with a bullet hole through her face - symbolic of the irrecoverably-marked life of Lolita - the epilogue's title card: "Humbert Humbert died of coronary thrombosis in prison awaiting trial for the murder of Claire Quilty."


First View of Lolita

Lolita with Hula-Hoop While Spied Upon

Humbert's Growing Interest in Lolita

Lolita's Goodbye: "Don't forget me"

Charlotte's Accident Scene

Humbert in Bath Following Charlotte's Death

Lolita - Married

Humbert with Married and Pregnant Lolita - Offering Her Cash

Epilogue Screen

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