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Here's Looking at You, Kid: Clara Darko Compiles Movie Stars Looking at Us

I love this cinema montage, put together by Clara Darko (who has put together a ton of cinema montages), of actors breaking the fourth wall and looking right at us.

OK, not always at us. More often, we're momentarily the POV of a character in the film, and the actor is interacting with that character: Saying hey to Harry Potter, hugging Benjamin Button, etc. How good an actor do you have to be to do this? To greet the camera like it's your baby? Impressive.

So who's looking at us? Definitely Superman, and Eddie Murphy in “Trading Places,” and Amelie about to talk creme brulee. Both Kyra Sedgewick in “Singles” and Ray Liotta in “Goodfellas” are telling us stories. So, obviously, is Woody Allen in “Annie Hall.” So is Anthony Perkins at the end of “Psycho,” one of the great wall-breakers of all time.

Darko's whole video makes me happy. I'm happy to see “Un Prophete” in here, and “Come and See,” and “400 Blows.” The song is Manic Street Preacher's version of Frankie Valli's “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You.” I love how it first hits on the rousing chorus, “I love you, baby!,” the moment we see Audrey Tautou in “Amelie”: surely a cinematic moment in which the world sang that to an actress.

The montage is a bit of a lie, of course. It's not the world's movie stars who can't take their eyes off us but the other way around.

No tagsPosted at 09:02 AM on Sat. Apr 28, 2012 in category Movies  


Chadly wrote:

Thanks for sharing, that was awesome.

Comment posted on Sat. Apr 28, 2012 at 09:39 AM

Extra-strength UncleVinny wrote:

Cabiria gave the best in-camera look of all time in “Nights of Cabiria”. That moment took the movie from great to unforgettable, and did so at the very last moment. One of my all-time favorite movie moments, so glad they included it.

Comment posted on Sat. Apr 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Erik wrote:

Chadly, glad you liked it. Vincenzo, maybe she should've ended with“Cabiria” instead of “The Truman Show,” which I always felt was a bit overrated.

Comment posted on Sat. Apr 28, 2012 at 07:15 PM

Reed wrote:

Really well done - far better than I was expecting!

OK, three things:
1) “Which you might find in a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.” That look Eddie gives kills me every time - and I never remember it's coming.

2) Michelle Pfeiffer in “Married to the Mob” - that brief moment at 1:48 in the video took me straight back to my adolescence and WOW. What a gorgeous look for her, even though she's supposed to be kinda trashy.

3) Love all the Hitchcock, but my favorite one (not just of his, but of all of 'em) went by so quickly here. Grace Kelly in “Rear Window” is probably my favorite movie entrance ever.

OK, so I sound a bit lecherous today. Blame the directors...

Comment posted on Mon. Apr 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Erik wrote:

Reed: All great ones. I'd forgotten what the line was that caused Eddie to look at the camera. (And I was an usher at a movie theater where this played in the early 1980s.) But yes, my God yes, to Pfeiffer, and, yes, not enough of the close-up of Grace Kelly.

But the stunner for me when I first watched this, and contemplated the difficulty of doing what the actors are doing (ie., interacting with the camera) was Maggie Gyllenhaal at the end of “Secretary.” There's such depth in that short look. Such assuredness and power.

Comment posted on Mon. Apr 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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