Undefended: The Five Greatest Movie Montages

This week, the five greatest movie montages of all time.

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Timothy Lawrence

1. The baptism montage in “The Godfather”

2. The opening scene of “Apocalypse Now”

3. The married life montage in “Up”

4. The ending of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

5. Gordon’s ending monologue in “The Dark Knight”

Honorable mention: The ending of “American Beauty”

 

Justin Spencer

1. Rocky, “Training”

2. Rudy, “Tryouts”

3. The Man From Snowy River, “Breaking the Colt”

4. Citizen Kane, “Breakfast”

5. Up, “Love Story”

 

Joshua Gibbs

1. “And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just one of those things.” The Magnolia prologue.

2. Charles and Sebastian fritter the summer away in Brideshead Revisited

3. Frances Halladay grows up in Frances Ha.

4. Sweding movies in Be Kind, Rewind

5. Choose life, choose a job, choose a career. The Trainspotting introduction.

 

James Banks

1. The Paris scenes in “Casablanca”

2. The opening credits sequence of “A Bronx Tale”

3. History of the room in “City of God”

4. Bruce Wayne’s training in “Batman Begins”

5. Max Fischer’s extra curricular activity resume sequence in “Rushmore”

 

Brian Murnion

1. Charles and Sebastian spend the summer together in “Brideshead Revisited”

2. Coffee scene from “2 or 3 Things I Know About Her”

3. Nicky’s “I had a good crew” in “Casino”

4. The Odessa steps scene in “Battleship Potemkin”

5. Nurse Alma and Mrs. Vogler arrive at the Summer home in “Persona”

 

Sean Johnson

1. Godfather: baptism

2. Marie Antoinette: “I Want Candy”

3. Rushmore: Extra-curriculars

4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: museum

5. Highlander: training with Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez

 

Joshua Stevenson

1. Rushmore: Max and Herman fighting to “A Quick One While He’s Away”

2. Wet, Hot American Summer: The campers going to town and becoming addicts and recovering in about 15 minutes

3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: In the museum—especially Cameron “getting” the Seurat painting.

4. Hot Fuzz: Nicholas Angel’s journey to Sandford

5. Tree of Life

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches great books, collects records and jogs to work. He and his wife have two children, both of whom have seven names. He tweets at @joshgibbs and blogs for the CiRCE Institute.

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