Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another Favorite Scene: DEATH BECOMES HER

I've been enjoying sharing my all-time favorite scenes with you, so here is another one I love, a classic: Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep, both at their brilliant best, in Robert Zemeckis' underrated Death Becomes Her, written by Martin Donovan and David Koepp.

If Martin Donovan's name sounds familiar, it's because he's also a very gifted actor you've seen many times.  If David Koepp's name sounds familiar, it's because he has written and/or directed a ridiculous number of legendary films, including a personal favorite of mine, Ghost Town.

And what can I say about Robert Zemeckis?  He'd be my hero even his only films were the (for me) life-changing Back to the Future trilogy. (Or my guilty pleasure, 1941, co-written with Bob Gale and John Milius) 

When I went to college film professors all seemed to teach the Psycho shower scene shot-by-shot. It was to film class what Silas Marner is to high school English.  Except Psycho is great and Silas Marner is... well... not. (In fact, I think Silas Marner, Pilgrim's Progress, and other moldy classics have done more to turn young Americans off to reading than eyestrain. Please tell me they give you better books in high school today. Er, but I digress.)

My point is I hope that someone somewhere is teaching this Death Becomes Her scene shot-by-shot, because it's pure genius.