I figured we could use a shiny, happy thread to bring people together after the tragic events of the past few days. Not long ago in the comments, I discovered that many of you, like me, enjoy musical movies. What’s your favorite musical scene from a musical movie? I’m using musical movie a bit loosely, so “Fabulous Baker Boys”, that Johnny Cash movie, etc. counts, but you can’t go with a music-backed scene from a movie that isn’t in any sense a musical. That means no Joe Pesci shooting up houses over the Devo cover of “Satisfaction”, no lingering shots of dead bodies in meat lockers while “Layla” plays in the background, no Jack tormenting DiCaprio to “Let It Loose”.
I’m going to start with Michelle Pfeiffer taking the gum out of her mouth to sing “More Than You Know” in the “Fabulous Baker Boys”. Not the greatest movie, but I love Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer, and I saw it at a time in my life when brooding and self-absorption were very important to me. I still watch this scene about once a month for no reason.
And then the great “Make ‘Em Laugh” from “Singin’ In The Rain”. One of my favorite movies, the first time I ever saw it on the big screen was at the Red Vic in San Francisco. My friend and I were supposed to see some serious movie about non-English-speaking people killing each other or starving that had come highly recommended by whoever the early ’90s Bay Area equivalent of Manhola Dhargis/A.O. Scott was (Mick LaSalle, if memory serves). We walked by the Red Vic and both stopped when we saw “Singin’ In The Rain”. It took a minute for either of us to admit we’d rather see it than sit through Oscar porn, but we finally did.
What are your favorites? Bonus points for anyone who mentions Les Parapluies de Cherbourg here.