Movie Dance Scenes #1


For some reason there is something about dance scenes in movies that really makes me smile.  I’m not talking about musicals (although there is a place in my heart for a well choreographed chorus number!), I’m talking about standard films that just happen to contain scenes where characters have a little boogie.  In honour of this little fetish of mine I have decided to introduce this somewhat occasional series of blog posts.

What better place to start than with my favourite movie dance scene ever from what is possibly my favourite movie ever; Terence Malick’s masterpiece Badlands.  I don’t really want to say too much about the film itself as other people have probably done so a lot better than I ever could.  The dance scene is just one of many treats that force me to come back to this film time and time again.

The opening close up of Kit and Holly’s feet as Mickey & Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange” blares out of their radio is just perfect and brings a huge grin to my face every time I see it.  This is two people dancing just for fun and the whole scene captures their wide/wild-eyed innocence perfectly.  We then cut to a mid-shot of Holly swaying to the music and as the vocal comes in Kit appears shuffling across screen looking cool as fuck with his hands on his hips, white t-shirt and James Dean quiff bouncing to the beat.  Martin Sheen is an absolute badass in this scene, who wouldn’t want to be him?


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