Month: June 2015

Film Winks: A Rhettrospective

A look back at the winks in film history.   The mischief, the affectionate and the down right creepy.
I’ve tried to avoid spoilers.
(by Rhett Bartlett – DialMForMovies)

CLEOPATRA (1963)Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 8.19.06 PM
A bow and the crowd erupt and then Cleopatra winks at Ceasar. A wink that only those in front of her can witness.
A strange directorial decision, considering Taylor’s previous scenes are stilted.  Her wink snaps us out from the spectacle. It feels out of place, looks out of place.  Had a historical film before ever done such a thing?

FAMILY PLOT (1976)09911
Hitchcock’s 53 film career ended, not with a horror film (as brilliant as Frenzy was late in his career), but with the subdued heist Family Plot.
The last image from his last ever film is a Barbara Harris wink.  A breach of the fourth wall by the film’s protagonist.

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986)Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 8.33.46 PM
Cheeky Ferris puts the wheels in motion for the greatest pretend sick day in history, with an over-the-top wink to his sister Jenny, behind his parents back, at the start of the film.

FIELD OF DREAMS (1989)Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 8.16.36 PM
Under the spotlit baseball diamond, built on the instinct from a voice, young Archie Graham moves up to bat.  In his professional yearshe never made it onto the diamond to bat, only as a fielder.  1 baseball game.  Now, a chance at the redemption.  He had said earlier in the film that if he got his chance before a pitcher he would ‘stare him down and then just as he goes into the windup – wink! Make him wonder if I know something he doesn’t’  And so he does.

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 8.29.12 PM
And so the end of the fourth chapter (or is that the start of the second trilogy) has Hans Solo’s wink towards Princess Leia at the medal ceremony.
Leia shoots back a smirk, and all is good in the universe.

FUNNY GAMES (1997)wink
The creepy Michael Haneke film (the original) gets creepier with the wink from Arno Frisch, one of the two young boys on the verge of terrorising a family.
The film was remade in 2007, by the same director, in a shot for shot remake (a future list I suspect ‘Directors who remade their own films)

MOULIN ROUGE (2001)Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 8.41.33 PM
Kidman’s best role, with a wink during her stunning, energetic performance near the film’s beginning.

The entire sequence is a joy to experience; dazzling camerawork and editing, glorious sets and costume, and Kidman (top hat and all) the star seductress breaking the fourth wall.
Blink and you’ll miss it.

METROPOLIS (1927)winkmetropolis
The robot Maria’s fourth wall creepy wink, one of the earliest captured on film, and one of the most memorable.
Is there an earlier wink in film that breaks the fourth wall?
Fritz Lang was a genius.

But wait, there’s more….

ANACONDA (1997)
One of the most ridiculous and disgusting winks in film history.
Jon Voight’s regurgitated wink to Jennifer Lopez.

FREDDY vs JASON (2003)
Speaking of ridiculous, coming a close second is the head of Freddy winking at the camera, as it is pulled out of the water by Jason.  Don’t forget the evil laugh on soundtrack.

TARZAN AND THE MERAID (1948)
In his last performance as the fictional character Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller disguises himself in the large regal dress of the island god, and shoots a secret wink to captive Brenda Joyce

DOGMA (1999)
The icon Buddy Christ, showing a smiling Jesus , giving the thumbs up, and winking at onlookers.  Created by the Church to replace the crucifixion image of Jesus.

THE LAST ACTION HERO (1993)
Schwarzenegger’s wink at the end of the film, to Danny, somewhere out there watching him from the cinema.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)bond
Bond had to make an appearance on this and there he is, at the end of the movie, bedding a beauty.  Connery’s wink happens in the second ‘0’ of a very large 007 onscreen graphic.

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)
Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe both shoot a wink to the audience as they sing ‘I was young and determined, to be wined and dined and ermined, and I worked at it all around the clock’ in the opening number of the film.
Russell also throws a wink during a later musical number as she sits beside her brother.

If have some more ‘winks’ to suggest, feel free to post them below or tweet me @dialmformovies

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