A Movie Montage For Spring

Maybe it’s that fresh smell in the air…Maybe it’s that warm breeze that occasionally wafts by that signals the end of the long winter those of us in the colder climes have had…Hell, maybe it was just the Super Moon, but the arrival of Spring has given us all here the urge to DANCE!

Yes, dance. Set to the tune “Cineramascope” by the monster groove band Galactic (from New Orleans), the following video is a compilation of dancing clips from a diverse set of films. We avoided too many “professional” dancers in the clips in order to get things closer to how we here in the RowThree offices are celebrating the arrival of Spring.

This time we’re leaving off the movie titles at the end, so start guessing. There are obvious and non-obvious titles alike, so use the Comments section to list where the clips came from and we’ll keep a running tab to see who gets the most right. As with the Screenshot quizzes (also about to come back out after a lengthy hibernation), the winner will be rewarded with our greatest gift – respect.



Film titles (and those who guessed them):

1. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (TORO913)
2. Duck Soup (Jandy)
3. Young Girls Of Rochefort (Jandy)
4. Funky Forest (Andrew)
5. Funky Forest (Andrew)
6. UHF (Aaron)
7. Moulin Rouge (Dave)
8. The Social Network (Jandy)
9. Caddyshack (David)
10. Toy Story 3 (Jandy)
11. How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying (TORO913)
12. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards! (no one)
13. How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying (TORO913)
14. Soul Kitchen (Dave)
15. Ten Nights Of Dreams (no one)
16. Animal House (David)
17. Revenge Of The Nerds (Kurt)
18. School Of Rock (Jandy)
19. The Big Lebowski (Jandy)
20. Austin Powers (no one)
21. Adventureland (no one)
22. Blazing Saddles (Aaron)
23. Napoleon Dynamite (Jandy)
24. Southland Tales (Kurt)
25. 8 1/2 (Marc)
26. How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying (TORO913)
27. Takeshis’ (no one)
28. The Big Lebowski (Jandy)
29. Strictly Ballroom (no one)
30. Drop Dead Gorgeous (David)
31. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Jandy)
32. Black Orpheus (no one)
33. How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying (TORO913)
34. Nights Of Cabiria (Jandy)
35. 8 1/2 (Marc)
36. Peeping Tom (Dave)
37. Meet The Baron (no one)
38. Funky Forest (Andrew)
39. Only Human (no one)
40. Broadway Rhythm (no one)
41. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards! (no one)
42. Top Secret! (Kurt)
43. 8 1/2 (Marc)
44. Citizen Kane (Marc)
45. Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek (Jandy)
46. Citizen Kane (Marc)
47. Princess Raccoon (no one)
48. 8 1/2 (Marc)
49. The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (Dave)
50. La Strada (Jandy)
51. Zatoichi (Marc)
52. Blazing Saddles (Aaron)
53. Bring It On (Jandy)
54. Revenge Of The Nerds (Kurt)
55. O Brother Where Art Thou? (Jandy)
56. How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying (TORO913)
57. Revenge Of The Nerds (Kurt)
58. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Jandy)
59. Real Genius (no one)
60. Top Secret! (Kurt)
61. Top Secret! (Kurt)
62. Drop Dead Gorgeous (David)
63. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (Jandy)
64. Boogie Nights (Jandy)
65. Zatoichi (Marc)
66. Good News (Jandy)
67. Young Girls Of Rochefort (Jandy)
68. Donnie Darko (David)
69. Funky Forest (Andrew)
70. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go To Hell Bastards! (no one)
71. The Big Lebowski (Jandy)
72. Southland Tales (Kurt)
73. Youth Of The Beast (no one)
74. Strictly Ballroom (no one)
75. Mic Macs (Dave)
76. Monsoon Wedding (no one)
77. Black Orpheus (no one)
78. Bring It On (Jandy)
79. Head (no one)
80. House Of The Devil (Aaron)
81. The Loved One (no one)
82. Modern Times (Jandy)
83. Ghostbusters (David)
84. A Christmas Story (Aaron)
85. Grosse Pointe Blank (Dave)
86. Airplane! (David)
87. Better Off Dead (no one)
88. Boogie Nights (Jandy)
89. How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying (TORO913)
90. Airplane! (David)
91. Funky Forest (Andrew)
92. I Love You, Man (TORO913)
93. Russian Ark (Marc)
94. Face In The Crowd (no one)
95. Triplets Of Belleville (Jandy)
96. Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (Jandy)
97. Only Human (no one)
98. Toy Story 3 (Jandy)
99. Taste Of Tea (no one)
100. Funky Forest (Andrew)
101. Duck Soup (Jandy)

Bob Turnbull
Critical Thinker At Large


  1. That was pretty freaking awesome, Bob! Just on a first runthrough I saw:

    Duck Soup
    The Young Girls of Rochefort
    The Social Network
    Toy Story 3
    School of Rock
    Napoleon Dynamite
    The Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Nights of Cabiria
    La Strada
    The Big Lebowski
    O Brother Where Art Thou
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Boogie Nights?
    Good News
    The Gay Divorcee
    Bring It On
    Modern Times
    Triplets of Belleville

    What I didn’t see…Band of Outsiders. ๐Ÿ™ Just kidding, aside from that, this was fantastic! Definitely brought a smile to my face. Now I can’t decide whether to go ahead and work on a post I’ve been halfway formulating about dancing in non-musical movies, or hold off for a while, because you’ve got a bunch of them right here!

  2. You got 17 correct right out of the box Jandy…1 wrong though – “The Gay Divorcee” is not in there. I actually had a clip from it as a potential, but couldn’t find the right spot for it.

    I don’t own Band Of Outsiders, but I did consider renting it again for this. Somehow I didn’t think it would fit though…Also, I wouldn’t have been able to stop watching Anna and the entire video would’ve ended up being that one scene…

    There’s 66 different films and 101 clips (I count the drummer as one clip – though it’s two cut into one – and the long line of bent backwards people as one as well – even though it’s cut three times to chop out bits). I’ll update the post tomorrow with the correct answers so far. No need to name each clip – just the films.

  3. Hmm…I was kind of on a limb with The Gay Divorcee one – I thought the shadow clip was from that. I kind of agree, the Band of Outsiders clip is paced differently than the rest, so I was kind of wondering if it would fit or not. But I love it SO much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wow – another stellar job, Bob! I must say you’re quite gifted at these things…

    Glad to see you include 8 1/2 and Zatoichi, to add to the ones Jandy has already guessed. I’ll throw in one last title – Citizen Kane, with that random shot (of the dude with his eyes shut tight) that gets a little chuckle out of me every time I watch it.

    Regarding my own favorite cool-as-hell dance scene from French cinema, I was almost expecting to see Denis Lavant’s crazy dance at the end of Beau Travail. But I ain’t complaining – thanks for another sweet montage!

  5. As awesome as ever. I got as far as capturing about 3 clips for my martial arts montage. It takes so long to find the right clips, I don’t know how you do it! I’ll try and get back into it one of these days.

    A couple that on first glance I noticed people had missed:

    National Lampoon’s Animal House
    Drop Dead Gorgeous
    Donnie Darko
    Boogie Nights
    From Russia With Love (? Not sure on this one – but one clip reminded me of a Bond Film)

  6. I’ve updated the post with correct answers. Lots of blank spaces still to fill in…B-)

    That Beau Travail clip is completely fantastic Marc…Didn’t really think of it for this though (it’s pretty intense actually).

    David, which clip did you think was From Russia With Love? No Bond in there, sorry…

  7. Digging the Nights of Cabiria and the closing scene of Zatoichi

    What is the B&W Japanese film with the bird-like dancing?

    Oh, and i thought I spotted some TOP SECRET! in there too.

  8. The “belly dancing” clip is not a spy movie. It was actually released on Criterion within the last 12 months or so.

    Kurt, do you mean the clip just before Animal House? Yeah, that’s not a well known film (unfortunately). I did actually review it here just over a year ago.

    Good catches with Top Secret! and Revenge Of The Nerds, but I’m surprised you didn’t notice another film in there…One that you (and very few others) love…I like it a great deal too – for all of its messiness.

    TORO, nice job on How To Succeed At Business Without Really Trying! Some really fun routines and great set design in that film…

  9. Aaron gets three more…

    Still a couple of 80s/90s comedies in there, a few very recent ones, several Criterion titles, couple of musicals (though not really dance based ones) and a Japanese one right near the end (after the second Toy Story 3 clip) that is a modern day classic (or at least should be).

  10. There were a couple more that I vaguely recognised, so here are my wild guesses:

    21: Last Days of Disco?
    29: A Life Less Ordinary?
    81: The Apartment?

    37 and 74 are driving me mad because I’m sure I recognise them but can’t think what they are.

    Is there any West Side Story in there too or am I just clutching at straws? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Two more guesses:

    12 – On the Town?
    45 – Miracle of Morgan’s Creek? I’m 78% sure that’s Betty Hutton.

    Ditto Dave on 37 and 74. 37 has to be a 1930s Warner musical, right? RIGHT? And 74 is the one I thought was Gay Divorcee, even though as I look closer, the shadows don’t match Astaire’s cutouts in there. But I’m pretty sure I’ve seen both those films.

  12. Yeah, you’re grasping Dave… 8) Not a single hit there…

    Jandy gets “Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek” which might be my fave Sturges (though it’s a crowded field).

    Number 37 is from the 30s, but is an MGM comedy. I believe the clip I took is from one of the few musical sequences. I haven’t actually seen this particular film as the clip was taken from a separate film about film history.

    Number 74 is from the 90s.

    Your guess for number 12 is, frankly, not even close…8)

    I’ll update the rest of the answers later this evening…

  13. Aargh. Everything I thought of based on your clues for #37 are cut out by one of your other clues.

    I have trouble choosing between The Lady Eve and Sullivan’s Travels for Sturges. But I’ve watched The Lady Eve way more times, so I guess I’ll give it the edge. Plus, Barbara Stanwyck. Miracle I like, but I find Hutton a bit grating.

  14. The whole list has now been updated…Surprised no one got “Adventureland” or “Strictly Ballroom”, but they weren’t the most obvious clips. Didn’t expect the “Austin Powers” clip would be noticed.

    Looks like Jandy takes the win with most right guesses.

    Wasn’t that fun?

  15. Well, I did have a major advantage of getting my answers in first…I took all the obvious ones. ๐Ÿ™‚ Will have to rewatch when I get back to a computer and check out the ones we didn’t get.


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