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ryskan
10-04-2008, 13:05
Hi everyone!
I'm not quite sure that it's a right place for my question, please feel free to delete my post, or tell me so.

My name is Maria Zhalnina, I'm an artist, 29, living in Moscow.
(You can get acquainted with some of my works visiting my web page: http://www.zhalnina.com/)

I'm working on a project for the The Burning Man festival.
My theme is "American Dream".
I've got a shadow pavilion (tent), which is quite large, and a few objects inside. And I have an idea to show some fragments of famous American films there, the films that had made a big contribution to the world-wide image of USA and it's popularity, the films that represent the idea of American Dream.

Dear Americans, I need your help!
Which fragments of your favorite American films make you feel so proud of your country? Which of them make your heart ache? Which of them you would never forget?
I certainly have my own list, but it's important for me to hear the native Americans opinion.

It wouldn't take a long for you, if you just write down the first scene that comes into your mind...

Thank you so much in advance!
Looking forward to hearing from you.

All best, Maria.

elis
10-04-2008, 16:56
Hi Maria -

You'll definitely need to include a frangment from Citizen Kane. The Rosebud scene being the most famous.

Good luck. I'm sure there are many movie buffs here who'll help you out.

ryskan
11-04-2008, 04:22
Thanks a lot! I hope so)))


Hi Maria -

You'll definitely need to include a frangment from Citizen Kane. The Rosebud scene being the most famous.

Good luck. I'm sure there are many movie buffs here who'll help you out.

MissAnnElk
11-04-2008, 08:59
Burning Man? Oh, how cool! You must tell us all about it when you return!

Movies . . . off the top of my head . . .

The Best Years of Our Lives . . . the young WWII veteran has lost both hands and is trying to learn to use his hooks . . .
Fred Derry: You gotta hand it to the Navy; they sure trained that kid how to use those hooks.
Al Stephenson: They couldn't train him to put his arms around his girl, or to stroke her hair.

The Wizard of Oz . . .
Tin Woodsman: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I - I think that it - it wasn't enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em - and it's that - if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right? [as an expat, I have very mixed feelings about this]

Gone With the Wind . . . the last line, of course!

Casablanca . . . "Play it once, Sam . . . for old time's sake . . ." Or the last scene . . . "Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now... Here's looking at you kid."

The Graduate . . .
Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?

Singin' In The Rain . . . Gene Kelley dancing in the puddles.

The African Queen . . . Katherine Hepburn . . .
Charlie Allnut: How'd you like it?
Rose Sayer: Like it?
Charlie Allnut: White water rapids!
Rose Sayer: I never dreamed...
Charlie Allnut: I don't blame you for being scared - not one bit. Nobody with good sense ain't scared of white water...
Rose Sayer: I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!

ryskan
12-04-2008, 02:36
unbelievable!!! how could you remember all that scenes word to word!???




Burning Man? Oh, how cool! You must tell us all about it when you return!

Movies . . . off the top of my head . . .

The Best Years of Our Lives . . . the young WWII veteran has lost both hands and is trying to learn to use his hooks . . .
Fred Derry: You gotta hand it to the Navy; they sure trained that kid how to use those hooks.
Al Stephenson: They couldn't train him to put his arms around his girl, or to stroke her hair.

The Wizard of Oz . . .
Tin Woodsman: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I - I think that it - it wasn't enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em - and it's that - if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right? [as an expat, I have very mixed feelings about this]

Gone With the Wind . . . the last line, of course!

Casablanca . . . "Play it once, Sam . . . for old time's sake . . ." Or the last scene . . . "Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now... Here's looking at you kid."

The Graduate . . .
Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?

Singin' In The Rain . . . Gene Kelley dancing in the puddles.

The African Queen . . . Katherine Hepburn . . .
Charlie Allnut: How'd you like it?
Rose Sayer: Like it?
Charlie Allnut: White water rapids!
Rose Sayer: I never dreamed...
Charlie Allnut: I don't blame you for being scared - not one bit. Nobody with good sense ain't scared of white water...
Rose Sayer: I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!

J.D.
12-04-2008, 08:18
Last scene of Planet of the Apes. "We blew it up . . . damn you . . ."

Star Wars "I am your father"

Rocky - Running and beating up meat in the freezer

Raiders of the Lost Ark the scene with the big rock chasing him

The Godfather "I'm gonna make them an offer they can't refuse"

Dirty Harry "I know what you're thinking. Did I fire five shots or was it six. Frankly in all the excitement I don't remeber myself. So you gotta ask yourself. Do I feel lucky? Well do you punk?"

"Stella!!!!"

MissAnnElk
12-04-2008, 12:08
unbelievable!!! how could you remember all that scenes word to word!???

I can't.

It's called www dot imdb dot com. The Internet Movie Database site. Most movies have a QUOTES section and all the good stuff is there.

MissAnnElk
12-04-2008, 12:14
Dirty Harry "I know what you're thinking. Did I fire five shots or was it six. Frankly in all the excitement I don't remeber myself. So you gotta ask yourself. Do I feel lucky? Well do you punk?"

YESYESYES!!!!!!! That is a GREAT one!

Actually, all yours were great. I'm kicking myself I didn't think of them.

Probably need to add some scenes of George C. Scott in Patton . . . "Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

J.D.
12-04-2008, 22:17
"Go ahead. Make my day."

"My name is Bond. James Bond."

"I'll be back."

ryskan
13-04-2008, 03:52
I was definitely thinking of "Terminator",
the "Sudden Impact" scene is really great, thanks!
but James Bond... isn't he english?



"Go ahead. Make my day."

"My name is Bond. James Bond."

"I'll be back."

J.D.
13-04-2008, 14:54
Yes but it is still an American film.
Just like Mary Poppins.
The sound of Music
and many more

MissAnnElk
13-04-2008, 17:37
Yes but it is still an American film.
Just like Mary Poppins.
The sound of Music
and many more

Yes . . . we all grew up with Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.

I suppose we ought to add How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolphe the Rednosed Reindeer . . .
Narrator: He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!

Rudolphe:
Head Elf: Why weren't you at elf practice?
Hermey: Just fixing these dolls' teeth.
Head Elf: Just fixing...? Now listen, we have dolls that cry, talk, walk, blink and run a temperature. We don't need any chewing dolls!
Hermey: But I just thought I'd find a way to - to fit in.
Head Elf: You'll never fit in! Now you come to elf practice, learn how to wiggle your ears, chuckle warmly, go hee-hee and ho-ho, and important stuff like that. A dentist! Good grief!
[slams door]

J.D.
13-04-2008, 18:38
I suppose we could include some 'foriegn' films that we are very familiar with such as Mad Max.

MissAnnElk
13-04-2008, 19:57
And I have an idea to show some fragments of famous American films there, the films that had made a big contribution to the world-wide image of USA and it's popularity, the films that represent the idea of American Dream.

Which fragments of your favorite American films make you feel so proud of your country? Which of them make your heart ache? Which of them you would never forget?


I suppose we could include some 'foriegn' films that we are very familiar with such as Mad Max.

Not sure that meets her spex. But that IS a good one.

MissAnnElk
13-04-2008, 20:01
I have to admit my heart soared when Christopher Reeve said

Superman: I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way.

J.D.
13-04-2008, 20:31
Does Dr Zhivago meet the spex.
An American film company.
An English writer, an English director, lots of English actors and filmed abroad.

MissAnnElk
13-04-2008, 21:23
Does Dr Zhivago

Ah! Dr. Zhivago!

There's snow . . . then there's daffodils . . . then there's snow . . . then there's daffodils . . .

I guess then we ought to include Warren Beatty's Reds.

mallen
13-04-2008, 23:57
Hi there--I am an actress and producer heading to Moscow and St. Petes on the 18th--your project sounds GREAT--many of my friends are "burners" and go every year--as for film scenes, my stand out of all time is ANY scene from american director Rob Nilsson (winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes) Northern Light--about a group of activist farmers at the turn of the century in the Dakotas. The story is based on his ancestors and is brilliant--mixing actors with real ancestors of these amazing Americans.

Also, the scene from To Kill A Mockingbird when Tom Robinson stands in the courtroom revealing his disability and therefor proving his innocence. Though not in the eyes of the racist south...

Also, George Lucas' only superb film starring Robert Duvall, THX1138 has a beautiful scene between his character and lover.

Good luck!

MissAnnElk
14-04-2008, 08:53
The Grapes of Wrath:
[last lines]
Ma Joad: Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a'comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.

Rebel Without a Cause:
Frank Stark: We give you love and affection, don't we? Well, then what is it? Was it because we went to that party? Well, you know what kind of drunken brawls those kind of parties turn into. It's not a place for kids.
Mrs. Carol Stark: A minute ago, you said you didn't care if he drinks.
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: He said a little drink.
Jim Stark: You're tearing me apart!
Mrs. Carol Stark: [shocked] What?
Jim Stark: You, you say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!
Mrs. Carol Stark: That's a fine way to behave!
Mrs. Stark, Jim's grandmother: Well, you know who he takes after.

Seabiscuit:
Reporter: Awful lotta hoopla for such a little horse.
Red Pollard: Though he be but little, he is fierce.
Reporter: What's that?
Red Pollard: That's Shakespeare, boys, Shakespeare.

Orion
14-04-2008, 18:37
Field of Dreams

Saving Private Ryan

Hoosiers

Shane

American Graffitti

12 Angry Men

MissAnnElk
14-04-2008, 18:54
Oh, on the sports theme we should also add

The Natural (last scene . . . remembering that in the book, he strikes out)

Bull Durham (opening scene)
Annie Savoy: I believe in the Church of Baseball. . . .

and later Crash Davis' speech:
Well, I believe in the soul, the c**k, the p***y, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.

Slapshot . . .
Jim Carr: Hi, Jim Carr again. Denis, I know that some in our audience don't know the finer points of hockey. Could you tell them, for example, what is icing?
Denis Lemieux: Well, um, icing happen when the puck come down, bang you know, before the other guys you know. Nobody there, you know. My arm go comes up then the game stop then start up.
Jim Carr: I see. What is high-sticking?
Denis Lemieux: High-sticking happen when the guy take the stick, you know, and he go like that
[high-sticks Jim Carr]
Denis Lemieux: you know. You don't do that.
Jim Carr: You don't do that?
Denis Lemieux: Oh no, never, never.
Jim Carr: Why not?
Denis Lemieux: Against the rules. You know, you're stupid when you do that. Just some English pig with no brains, you know.
Jim Carr: Uh, what is slashing?
Denis Lemieux: Slashing is um, like that
[demonstrates on Jim Carr]
Denis Lemieux: you know.
Jim Carr: Mm-hmm. And there's a penalty for that?
Denis Lemieux: Yeah and for the trip also, you know like that
[demonstrates]
Denis Lemieux: . And for hook like this
[demonstrates]
Denis Lemieux: . And for spear, you know, like that.
[demonstrates]
Denis Lemieux: You do that, you go to the box, you know. Two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know. And then you get free.

Breaking Away ("The Italians are coming!")
Dad: What is this?
Mom: It's sauteed zucchini.
Dad: It's I-tey food. I don't want no I-tey food.
Mom: It's not. I got it at the A&P. It's like... squash.
Dad: I know I-tey food when I hear it! It's all them "eenie" foods... zucchini... and linguini... and fettuccine. I want some American food, dammit! I want French fries!

Caddyshack?
Carl Spackler: Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!

Pride of the Yankees
Lou Gehrig: Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

Orion
14-04-2008, 20:22
Quick side story...

The NCAA hockey championships (Notre Dame vs. Boston College) were just held this past weekend. The son of one of the actors that played a Hanson brother, from the movie "Slap Shot", plays hockey for Notre Dame...they cut to shots of the actor/father several times in the stands during the game.

(Boston College 4 - 1 Notre Dame)

Orion
14-04-2008, 20:26
Better quote from Caddyshack...and currnet events related too!

Carl Spackler: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

ryskan
15-04-2008, 02:25
OF COURSE!!! how could I forgot about Superman, a hero of my childhood!
THANKS!!!

and what about using Forest Gump, would you mind?

and Wonderful Live, great movie! watched it yesterday with pleasure and some tears; keep on thinking of my life today, it seems like nothing would have really changed if I don't exist...:)


I have to admit my heart soared when Christopher Reeve said

Superman: I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way.

ryskan
15-04-2008, 02:40
Thanks a lot! to my shame, I've never seen those films before... that's a good chance for me to improve my education!
I'd love to visit some of your performances, if you stage some in Moscow.. those friends of yours, do they also live here? Would be happy to meet them too..


Hi there--I am an actress and producer heading to Moscow and St. Petes on the 18th--your project sounds GREAT--many of my friends are "burners" and go every year--as for film scenes, my stand out of all time is ANY scene from american director Rob Nilsson (winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes) Northern Light--about a group of activist farmers at the turn of the century in the Dakotas. The story is based on his ancestors and is brilliant--mixing actors with real ancestors of these amazing Americans.

Also, the scene from To Kill A Mockingbird when Tom Robinson stands in the courtroom revealing his disability and therefor proving his innocence. Though not in the eyes of the racist south...

Also, George Lucas' only superb film starring Robert Duvall, THX1138 has a beautiful scene between his character and lover.

Good luck!

ryskan
15-04-2008, 02:43
why couldn't I post my reply under yours ? sorry, I 'm not so good with this forum...

ryskan
15-04-2008, 02:55
thanks for reminding! I could forget to add some of these diamonds to my list.


Field of Dreams

Saving Private Ryan

Hoosiers

Shane

American Graffitti

12 Angry Men