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What's your favorite all time scene from a movie? (A reader's question)

Updated on January 8, 2012

A kind visitor to one of my websites emailed me last night. She said she has read some of my posts here at Hubpages; and apparently the poor lady is under the misconception I know something about films, lol. Anyway, she asked me a question, "What is your all-time favorite scene from any movie?". Well, I hope I don't disappoint anyone -especially my inquirer- but it is a scene from a movie that I like very much, though I haven't written anything about it so far. But it is a lovely film, and somewhat sensual. Even if this movie doesn't rate high on many viewers favorite lists, there is one scene from this film that, for me, beats out all other movie scenes in the history of filmmaking.

The movie is Immortal Beloved (starring Gary Oldman), a film made about the life and romances of composer Ludwig Beethoven. Now while this movie centered mainly on the secret of Beethoven's one lasting true love, his childhood and deafness were also touched upon. In my favorite scene Beethoven (already deaf) is giving the first public performance of his Ninth Symphony. The part of the symphony involved here is the climatic "Ode to Joy" part; and at this moment the viewer gets a very powerful insight at the childhood inspiration for this astonishing and unforgettable masterpiece. Unlike the questionable romance aspects of the film, this part of the story was true. Sadly true in fact, but it demonstrates, in part, the hardship and injustice that the talented composer overcame with sheer determination born of necessity.

Thank you to "Meadow" J.S. Baker who was sweet enough to ask. And since you read my Hubs, Meadow, I'm posting that scene for you here. Hope you like it :)

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  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Oh what an adorable memory, MizBejabbers! Thanks for sharing. I had a similar experience when I saw Halloween, and wrote about it here (Psycho is also listed here) https://reelrundown.com/movies/The-25-Scariest-Mov...

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    6 years ago

    The first time I saw Psycho, I was just a young teenager (Ha, I'm old!), and the whole theater screamed at that scene,including me. Then several years later I saw it at a drive-in theater. My new boyfriend had a car with power windows. He hit the button on the power window just as the knife stabbed. I nearly went through the roof! That is probably why I will never forget it.

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    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    MizBejabbers, thanks for reading and contributing to the dialogue! I really enjoyed the LOTR films (never was a huge fan of the books but loved the movies). I think my Dad, bless his heart, spoiled that Psycho scene for me just a little. He loved that film and told me about the shower scene so often that once I did see it, yes, it definitely scared me but I think part of my horror was Daddy had me expecting even worse, lol!

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    6 years ago

    Haven't seen Immortal Beloved. You've made me want to rent it. I guess my favorite scene is in one of the Lord of the Rings movies (I'd have to look up which one) when the elf princess gives up her elf immortality to marry the human man. Now that's love (and stupidity)! My most memorable scene, but not my favorite, is the shower scene from Psycho. That affected everybody not expecting it!

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    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    I think you'll really enjoy it, Kitty!

    Yes, I remember that scene from Interview with the Vampire! It was the first movie my husband and I went together to see, and our youngest is now a huge fan :) And yes, that was a dark moment in the movie.

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    Nicole Canfield 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Believe it or not, I've never seen it but now I'll have to! I'd have to say one of my favorite movie moments was in Interview with the Vampire, when Claudia is turned into ash...I know it's a sad moment, but somehow it was quite beautiful to me. Thanks, voted up and awesome.

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    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    maven101, so glad you enjoyed it :) And I agree about Oldman.

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    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Lenore, thank you for the comment and gods bless.

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    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    mcrawford76, very happy to and thank you for the comments. Maybe you could tell me how to post in the forum? I'm not acquainted with doing this.

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    maven101 

    7 years ago from Northern Arizona

    Loved this film...Gary Oldman is a terrific actor giving life to the pathos of this great composer...Few scenes move me such as this one...The music, the terror, and the redemption all resonate, producing both sorrow and joy, with tears chokingly held at bay...Thank you for this afternoon delight...Larry

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    Lenore Robinson 

    7 years ago from Delaware

    Like your choice very insightful, Beth. Good Hub! (no surprise there!) :)

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    Matthew I Crawford 

    7 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

    I thought it was a great movie, and definately a very moving scene. Thanks for sharing. You should start a forum post inviting everyone to share their favorite movie scenes.

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