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AlbertJayNock

Writer's Block: Here's looking at you

What is your all-time favorite, romantic movie scene? What about it speaks to you?


It would have to be the scene near the end of Almost Famous where William Miller is frantically searching the streets of New York for Penny Lane, who has gone missing, with Elton John's Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters playing in the background. He's so desperate to find her he opens the doors of taxicabs to look inside for her. He knows she is in a very emotionally vulnerable state and is concerned (correctly, as it turns out) that she may do something self-destructive.

I describe his behavior as frantic, but the scene itself is not. It's very poignant, largely thanks to the choice of music-an understated, melancholy  song about being lonely in New York City. The whole thing  makes  you feel William Miller's longing to be with Penny Lane, along with his concern for her well-being. It manages to be more emotionally evocative than any other love scene I can think of, even with half of the couple missing.

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