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Weekly Movie-Making Moments in Film: Chelsea Walls

I thought I would start showing clips from some of my favorite films. Over the years, I have spent a considerable amount of time in theaters, and long nights viewing video tapes, and DVDs. And we cannot forget the ever consuming Netflicks via our computers. It is time to go deep, yes—very deep—and find those rare moments in classic film-making. These beautiful, intrepid, and visceral moments can be found delving into the issues of obsessive love, angst, betrayal, and tragedy (thinking of French, German and Asian films in particular). And what comes to mind when thinking of tragic French films? Well we can find the French catapulting our emotions in such films as: Un Couer En Hiver (A Heart in Winter) directed by Claudet Sautet, Damage with French actress Juliette Binoche and film direction by Louis Malle. And last but not least—my favorite French excursion into obsession is none other than the film Camille Claudel finely directed by Bruno Nuyten and starring Isabelle Adjani as Camille—the young but gifted sculptress full of artistic and romantic passion. Her love for the sculptor, Auguste Rodin—as you can imagine—will only end in pain and lost.

I hope over time to share from around the world some masterful works in cinema. However, to kick off this Weekly Movie-Making Moments in Film, I present what I think defines a good film moment i.e. strong characterization, heart-felt expression by the performer, and feeling as if you can truly relate to the scene or film in general. For this first challenge, I am selecting the “poem” scene in the film Chelsea Walls as recited by Rosario Dawson.

Tell me what you think of this moment in the film, and what you think of this concept in general. Do you have a favorite moment or film that has influence you in some way? Please share.


6 responses

  1. TY for sharing this… 🙂

    August 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    • Elizabeth, this is one of my favorite moments in a movie. The poem is so touching, I had to share it.

      August 22, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  2. Camille Claude is one of the most moving films I ever saw. I never saw Chelsea Walls, but I will watch it now. Thanks for posting the clip.

    August 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    • Hi Baxterbunny, well not enough can be said about the film Camille Claude, except that it is simply magnificient. The kind of film that stays the test of time and memory. Stay tuned, I hope to excite your senses with more of my movie-making picks. 🙂

      August 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  3. Reblogged this on n e w d i g i t a l s c a p e s and commented:

    Inspiration comes in many forms. Thanks to my fellow bloggers for their inspiring prose, art, music and film reviews.

    December 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

  4. Definitely able to relate – most of us will have felt those feelings at some point in our lives.

    January 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm

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