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Saturday Night at the Movies

By Susan Tomaselli.

Den of Geek‘s Top 12 most memorable dance scenes in films was fun, but had some notable omissions. Who will ever forget A Clockwork Orange‘s warped Singin’ in the Rain sequence? Too dark? How about Johnny Depp’s little jig in Alice in Wonderland? Or the Grand Central Station scene in Terry Gilliam’s Fisher King (surely that warms the cockles of your heart?). Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction tops the list (I prefer Michael Madsen’s turn in Reservoir Dogs, but no matter), which brings me to my favourite dance scene in a movie: Jean-Luc Godard’s Bande à part. Tarantino liked it so much he named his production company after it and not only did Tarantino borrow heavily from the film, but so too did Hal Hartley and Steven Soderbergh.

Godard is everywhere at the minute, what with the Socialisme screening at this year’s Cannes plus a Godard season to look forward to in London next month (which includes a restored version of À Bout de Souffle), but for me, his 1964 classic is the epitome of cool. Based on Dolores Hitchens’ novel Fool’s Gold, the film takes place over three days, and centres on a couple of petty gangsters, played by Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey, and their attempts to persuade Anna Karina’s character to help them steal a large amount of money from her aunt’s lodger. The film’s filled with sly asides and has a literary narration, but we’ll not concern ourselves too much with film theory – just enjoy the clip.

First posted: Saturday, June 12th, 2010.

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