Heaven’s Gate (1980): Minute by minute: part 14

15 Sep

Here it is, Part 14, from Mr Godfrey. I feel emotional knowing we have come this far. I feel angry but hopeful knowing how far we have to go…and that’s a weird emotional combination.

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Waltzing – so much waltzing. But are the hats waltzing, or the people underneath them? Hmm, a bit too metaphysical for my liking.

As far as dance sequences go, this is pretty good. Could have used a few more wizards. But I feel that most film dance sequences lack wizards. The 12 seconds Cimino directed of Footloose, before he was fired, contains numerous wizards. Some would say too many, but it’s a fine line when it comes to including wizards in dance numbers. They have such terrific beards, you see. They flop around in time with the music, with their grey colour contrasting perfectly against the bright robes. It’s ideal if they use staffs as part of the choreography, but can be tricky if the wizard is inexperienced or drunk. I suppose most directors avoid employing wizards as their tall pointy hats make them rather hard to frame. But there are top hats-a-plenty in this scene and the lack of wizards is a missed opportunity if you ask me.

It is a shame because it’s the wizards who lose out in the end.

If you look closely, you'll notice the women aren't wearing hats. Disappointing.

If you look closely, you'll notice the women aren't wearing hats. Disappointing.

He’s done it again, read the previous 13 parts here to get an insight in to the previous 13 parts.


One Response to “Heaven’s Gate (1980): Minute by minute: part 14”

  1. Morgan Stewart September 16, 2009 at 3:55 am #

    film dance sequences need more Wizards, like T-shirts need more wolves.

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