Best Character Dancing Scenes – Featuring Band of Outsiders, Pulp Fiction, and Simple Men

Best Character Dancing Scenes – Featuring Band of Outsiders, Pulp Fiction, and Simple Men

I usually post video sets on Fridays but, since football season has ended and my Sundays have become quite boring, I’ve been watching movies, and the one I watched today inspired me to post some videos. My inspiration was really great film by French New Wave director, Jean-Luc Godard. His 1964 film, Bande à part (Band of Outsiders), features what must be the most influential character-dancing scene in a non-musical drama. Here’s what the actors; Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, and Sami Frey, called “the Madison Dance”. French composer Michel Legrand wrote the mostly jazz-based soundtrack, but the music for this scene is more R&B than jazz and it sounds a lot like Booker T. and The MG’s.

 

Quentin Tarantino loved the scene so much he had Uma Thurman and John Travolta watch it as a form of inspiration for their dance to the Chuck Berry song “You Never Can Tell” in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

 

Hal Hartley was a fan too. His 1992 film, Simple Men, features an homage to Godard starring Robert John Burke, Bill Sage, and Elina Löwensohn dancing to the music of Sonic Youth’s “Kool Thing“.

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