Thursday, June 16, 2016

Divine dancer...

This post is part of Nathaniel's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series in which the participants must post a single image from a movie he or she deems as the "best shot" for any particular reason.

Today's film is One from the Heart, a musical from 1981 directed by Francis Ford Coppola. And let me tell you, it was hard to get through. Apparently Coppola insisted that the whole thing be shot on a sound stage to make it feel more artificial, which he might have seen as a good thing, but to me was just plain distracting. It didn't help that a lot of the music for this "musical" was mostly non-diegetic, which isn't bad by itself, but coupled with lighting that could only be described as experimental and the aforementioned fake sets, kept the film at arm's length from me throughout.

Of course, that isn't to say there weren't elements of the film I didn't like. The cross-cutting of certain scenes really highlighted the divide between the main couple. Teri Garr was also quite a magnetic presence and her chemistry with her two paramours were palpable especially with the hot Raul Julia. In fact, their scenes together were my favorites.

Best Shot

So it's not the biggest surprise that my pick for best shot is from their dance/tango sequence. It was one of the few "musical" moments in the film that I actually got into. There was a relaxed charm to their meeting leading up to this passionate and intense number. Truthfully, this shot could've been any shot of them dancing from this great scene. I picked this one specifically because of the great shapes their bodies make mid-motion. Presenting the two characters in silhouette added to the whole "affair" feel making it all that much more scandalous and sexy.

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