Werth: Greetings, Wise!
Wise: Did you have a fun-filled Memorial Day Holiday?
Werth: Fun-filled? Wise, Memorial Day is supposed to be spent honoring our dearly departed.
Wise: So you didn’t go to a dinner party, flirt with a bartender for free drinks or spend hours soaking in your tub on your day off?
Werth: Of course I did! But I also thought about those sad moments when we lose people we care about.
Wise: You made a list of your favorite movie death scenes, didn’t you?
Wise: Thanks for the spoiler.
Werth: What spoiler? She gets brain cancer... in 1939. She’s a goner. It’s curtains from the opening credits—but what a way to go! Her tragic acceptance of what she knows is coming but must hide from her husband is beautiful. Legend has it that Davis fought with director Edmund Goulding about her “death climb” up the stairs. Worried that film score composer Max Steiner would be orchestral-ly outdoing her performance she insisted, “Well, either I'm going to climb those stairs or Max Steiner is going to climb those stairs, but I'll be God-DAMNED if Max Steiner and I are going to climb those stairs together!"
Wise: I’m assuming there was a cigarette involved somewhere.
Wise: Frankly, The Wizard of Oz ought to have snagged a few more Oscars that year, but it does contain one of the best death scenes ever filmed.
Werth: I know where this is going...
Werth: Before Wise breaks into a gospel version of “Ding Dong The Witch is Dead”, here’s a list of our other favorite cinematic death scenes:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Imitation of Life
Dancer in the Dark
The Poseidon Adventure
Murder on the Orient Express
The Royal Tenenbaums
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Good Earth
Wise: I like your death list, Werth. Now what about you, Film Gab Readers? What are your favorite death scene movies?
Werth: And check back next week for a less deadly Film Gab!