Today, we celebrate the actors, actresses, directors, effects specialists and ultra-powerful computers that make movies awesome. Countless hours and tireless efforts are spent creating the feature length films that beckon us to the theater, or at least draw us to Netflix. A lot of people work really hard to make movies great. Still, it is often a single moment of brilliance that sends chills down your spine, makes you feel all gooey and romantic inside, or sticks in your consciousness like a cherished childhood memory.
10 Moments of Creative Genius in Cinema captures the story or process behind a few of our favorite movie moments. But be advised before you proceed. This post is best served with popcorn:
1. Apocalypse Now – Martin Sheen (1979)
Sheen tells the story behind the iconic scene in which his Captain Willard bloodies up his hand in Vietnam and freaks out to the comforting strains of the Doors’ “The End.”
2. The Empire Strikes Back – Harrison Ford (1980)
Cast and crew describe the moment that Harrison Ford improvised, rendering Han Solo the most charmingly arrogant jerk in the galaxy.
3. The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
Coppola describes his fight to cast Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, and does a pretty spot-on impression in the process.
4. Labyrinth – Jim Henson (1986)
Jim Henson, David Bowie and others tell the story behind the Goblin King’s trippy crystal ball-fondling habit.
5. Pulp Fiction – John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Quentin Tarantino (1994)
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace busting the moves that won them the world-famous Jack Rabbit Slim Twist Contest. Also, dig Tarantino’s dad-dancing there in the background.
6. The Matrix – Keanu Reeves (1999)
This video cuts through the smoke and mirrors to show just exactly how Neo dodged bullets during the climactic rooftop showdown.
7. Silence of the Lambs – Anthony Hopkins (1991)
Sir Anthony Hopkins describes the experience of connecting emotionally with his best-remembered character, the brilliant, liver-eating, Chianti-slurping Hannibal Lecter.
8. Back to the Future II – Michael J. Fox (1989)
Back in 1989, all the kids could talk about was how hoverboards would be in stores soon. An on-set look at the beloved hoverboard chase scene suggests this was never going to happen.
9. Rocky – Sylvester Stallone (1976)
Stallone did pretty much everything on this film, from directing and starring to choreographing his own boxing match. Here he is piecing it together with costar Carl Weathers.
10. Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
The master of suspense (and owner of an impressively creepy voice/demeanor) describes the way that music is used in Psycho to build suspense and manipulate the audience’s anxieties.
Did we forget any? Hit us with your favorites in the Comments section below!