I’m a huge fan of films and the magic of cinema is something I’ve always found enthralling. The magic can work on many different levels. The magic may be reflected in the style and techniques used by an innovative filmmaker. It may relate to the experience of sitting in a cinema surrounded by strangers, yet connecting with these cinema-goers through the shared viewing of motion picture art in the same space at the same time. The magic can also be present, most importantly to me, in the way a film makes you feel. Some films have the ability to can change your perspective to a positive one when not all is ok in the world. I like to call these comfort films. The ones you seek out when you need a lift. An escape. A little hope. I have a couple of comfort films in my collection. Harold & Maude being one, and I’ve previously posted about my obsession with this brilliant film. My other comfort film is one called Band of Outsiders (aka: bande a part), a Jean-Luc Goddard (one of my all-time favourite directors) film made in the mid 60s.
There is one particular scene in this film, one of the most joyous, enchanting and affecting scenes in cinema history, that makes everything feel just right with the world. I realise that not all is ok in the world and I’m not so naive to believe it ever will be either. However, while watching the characters Arthur, Odile and Franz perform a delightful impromptu version of the Madison dance in a half-empty smoky Parisian café, the world is a perfect place. At least for an approximate running time of 4 mins & 16 secs it is. Oh how I wish they could dance forever! Do you have any comfort films? If so, I'd love to know yours!