Most awesome scenes in movie history part 2: The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford

A look at scenes from random movies that I consider amazing for a myriad of reasons that I try to explain as best I can.


The setup:

I just want to take a moment to say that Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford may well be one of the most overlooked films in history. I am not kidding. How such an incredible movie can receive such a cold reception (at least from the movie going public) is immensely depressing to me.

On thinking about the film, the original scene I had in mind is the intro. I know. Crazy, right?

Everything about this scene comes together and just blows my mind. The first time I watched it I had goosebumps. Incredible cinematography, narration and an outstanding score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis equals this:

But, I’m going to do a two for one in this post, because it is impossible for me to choose between the above, and the amazing train robbery scene.

Again, it’s hard for me, because I’d love to post the entire scene including the actual robbery, but I feel the first few minutes that capture the “calm before the storm” vibe are especially incredible:

There is something so oddly beautiful and moving about this, even though you know this sinister thing which is about to happen.

Absolutely perfect build up, again helped by the amazing score and unmatched cinematography by Roger Deakins.

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