The Dancing Image was kind enough to tag me in a new meme that is going around so what follows is my little contribution to it. This meme began at this link from Checking on My Sausages and I am thrilled to take part in it. The original meme asked that we submit "a gallery of images ...to stand for so much of what makes Cinema such a rich and exciting medium." Now, I gotta tell ya, that's a pretty tall order so I am just following The Dancing Image's lead of offering up some stills I have captured with a certain theme. This particular theme, as you can see below, focuses on mirrors and self-image in film. I simply captured stills from the first twelve films I thought of that had a pivotal moment involving a character staring into a mirror. Some are shocked by what they see, others are thrilled, but they are all discovering something new and different about themselves. For most of these characters, they simply no longer recognize the person staring back. I relate to all these shots for various reasons and I find them all moving in there own way. Of course, there are hundreds of other films I could have selected for this but, like I said, I simply went with the first twelve that popped in my head.
Here are the rules for the meme if you choose to participate as copied partially from The Dancing Image:
1. Pick as many pictures as you want - but make them screen-captures. These need to be moments that speak to you that perhaps haven't been represented as stills before.
2. Pick a theme, any theme. If you want, you can follow my lead and chose "Mirror Shots" but won't it be more interesting if everybody chooses something different?
3. You MUST link to Stephen's original gallery and my post if I am tagging you and you choose to participate (hey, I could use some new readers so help a brother out!)
Also, if you could please link back to The Dancing Image as well, I would greatly appreciate it.
4. Tag five blogs.
Here are the five bloggers I would like to see tackle this interesting and wide-open meme if they are interested:
Amanda at Made for TV Mayhem
J.D. at Radiator Heaven
DforDoom at Cult Movie Reviews
Hans at Quite Cool
David at Tomb it May Concern.
Rita Hayworth in Orson Welles' The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
Sylvia Kristel in Just Jaeckin's Emmanuelle (1974)
David Bowie in Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Sylvester Stallone in John G. Avildsen's Rocky (1976)
Roy Scheider and Jessica Lange in Bob Fosse's All That Jazz (1979)
Zoe Tamerlis in Abel Ferrara's MS.45 (1981)
Lysa Thatcher in Cecil Howard's Neon Nights (1981)
Nastassja Kinski in Wim Wenders' Paris Texas (1984)
Elisabeth Shue in Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Asia Argento in Dario Argento's The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)
Mark Wahlberg in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997)
Isabelle Fuhrman in the unused ending of Jaume Collet-Serra's Orphan (2009)