3 items from 2014
Cinema has a habit of putting us through a bout of emotional turbulence dependent on genre: quite understandably, horror films scare whilst comedy films make you laugh (if the film is successful in their intentions, mind). But every so often, there is one element which rears its head, regardless of genre, that is best deployed in the final scene… ambiguity. Capable of both blindsiding an audience or simply confusing them, opting to shroud a film’s climax with a cloak of uncertainty is a brave filmmaking decision, and one that can break everything that has come before it.
Below, I count through six examples of how an ambiguous final scene can prove an undoubted success, opening the ending up to countless interpretations that will be mulled over forever more.
And hey – be careful out there…
Let’s kick off with The Graduate (1967)
- Jacob Stolworthy
Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.
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10. Some Like It Hot (1959)
What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an »
- Joshua Gaul
'If I'm wrong, I'm insane. If I'm right, it's worse': in conspiracy films – from Rosemary's Baby to State of Play – solving the crime does not bring peace. Michael Newton investigates a rich cinematic genre
Some believe that JFK was shot by his driver, some that Bobby Kennedy was killed by one of his guards; some believe the world is ruled by a Yale fraternity, some by lizard-aliens in disguise; some believe that Obama is a Communist mole; some that, back in 1966, Paul McCartney died. These notions are, at best, deluded; but as potential pitches for an as yet unmade Hollywood movie, they might just secure the contract. For, in movies, you can believe that the moon shots were faked, or that men are replacing their wives with compliant robots, or that space shuttles are firing earthquake-inducing weapons, or that the world itself is a delusion – and in each case you could be proved right. »
- Michael Newton
3 items from 2014
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