“There are so many bits in ‘Boogie Nights’ that do it for me but
…how about the ‘Modern Love’ bit from ‘Mauvais Sang’?”
This example of Cinema Euphoria comes from Leos Carax’ MAUVAIS SANG and is the suggestion of genius comedy writer Graham Linehan (everybody in the UK knows FATHER TED, and the masses are now catching on to his current hit THE I.T. CROWD, but those of you elsewhere in the world, check ‘em out! T.V. Euphoria awaits.)
Graham was super enough to plug this blog on his blog, with the result that my stats went through the roof. I hope some of you newbies will stick around and maybe even nominate some euphoric moments of your own.
Anyhow, it’s been generations since I saw Carax’s flick, but nobody who has can forget this delirious moment. Graham wrote:
“I love everything Carax has done with the exception of Pola X (or as I call it, ‘Pola eccch’).
MS is pretentious from time to time but it has moments that just make my heart THUMP inside my chest, Modern Love is just one of many.
No, my official vote is for when the baby comes round the corner with Alex in the same film.”
Since I don’t have a copy of the movie here, but some thoughtful person had already posted Modern Love on VousTube, that’s the clip I’ve embedded. Time I resaw this film.
Seeing Denis Lavant move about in a celebratory fashion (to use a phrase from Colin McLaren) will doubtless remind many of you of THIS (which is my addition, not Mr. Linehan’s):
Two-for-one Euphoria at Shadowplay!
Striking how many euphoric movie memories involve various forms of dance, a medium modern filmmakers have tended to either neglect or screw up hideously (Lars Von Trier, I’m talking about YOU), but which, addressed properly and with sensitivity, seems to have the greatest capacity for injecting happiness directly into the viewer’s heart, sort of like Travolta does to Uma in PULP FICTION, but in a more caring way.
Keep ‘em coming!