On the stairs

Guylty shared a video clip on her blog of Richard Armitage filming Stay Close. In that video there was this short little scene of Richard running down some stairs which immediately reminded me of a movie scene from 10 Things I Hate About You. I made a gif of Richard’s running scene (no spoilers) and slowed it down a little…

10 Things I Hate About You is a great little movie from 1999 starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, it’s a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, set in an American high school. At one point Ledger serenades Stiles from the stairs overlooking the sports fields, which is just such a fun and lovely scene and it’s what I thought of when I saw Richard in the snippet above…

That in turn made me think of other dancing on the stairs scenes in movies, such as this iconic one of the Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) dancing on the stairs. I’ve yet to see the movie but have admired this scene already several times…

It also reminds me of Rocky running up the steps while training. I never liked Rocky, but the scene is quite nice,

I think of a few indoor dances on stairs scenes as well, like this one of James Cagney dancing down some stairs in a fictional White House…

If Richard wants to do some musical theatre, he could study the legendary Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson and his stair dance that he taught Shirley Temple in 1935.

Or from 2 minutes 30 in this video where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance ‘The Continental’ on the stairs…

I doubt that Richard’s snippet of running down the stairs will become as iconic as these scenes I have just mentioned but it’s fun how such a little Armitage snippet can lead to such nice free associations.

26 thoughts on “On the stairs

  1. Servetus

    Just wanted to say “thanks for the no spoilers” marker. I’d been wondering if I were going to have to stop blog reading entirely …

    the stairs scene I always think of is the one in “The Untouchables” with the baby carriage and the train station. Not the same thing at all, I know!

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  2. Nice free association game. It’s fascinating how one thought leads to another.
    A propos stairs – my next association is the stair scene of the Eisenstein classic. No dancing on the stairs at all, but just super dramatic.

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    1. Thanks for playing. πŸ™‚ Just looked it up, it’s quite gruesome. I’ve heard of the movie but have never seen it before. There’s also a baby carriage scene in that one, I wonder if that inspired the Untouchables scene above.

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      1. Very gruesome. You can tell that this is still at the beginning of film as an art form – and they haven’t necessarily worked out how far they can go in depicting violence. Iirc the film also had an actual death toll… But yes, I think the Untouchables scene was a nod to the Eisenstein original.

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  3. Servetus

    BTW, have you seen “In the Heights”? (don’t remember exactly where NL is on quarantine and cinemas). There’s a scene in there that is absolutely classic Astaire / Rogers. (Or maybe Gene Kelly).

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      1. Servetus

        Liked, did not love it. (And a lot of the criticism of the film from the Latino perspective puzzles me somewhat.) But one thing you’ve gotta say, Miranda and Hudes know the classic Broadway musical like the back of their hands (and John Chu, too). I also thought this whole question of “how much do you need to see your parents’ dreams as yours?” was really well handled (and not just relevant to second generation immigrants).

        Gave me a serious craving for Cuban food, which was easy to get in Florida, not so much in Wisconsin.

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  4. What constitutes a spoiler? I’ve read the book and watched the video and I don’t think it spoils anything imo. It may fire the imagination and make you wonder what the character of Ray is and how he ends up in that particular situation. But as I said on Guyltys blog…Coben twists and turns constantly with his characters and what is going on…so unless you’ve read the book then I wouldn’t try and figure out what the scene means!

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  5. This post is great! Those long legs on the steps. Yes, the only steps in films I can think of are in Battleship Potemkin and in A Matter of Life and Death (although its more of an escalator).

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    1. Actually, I thought of A Matter of Life and Death as well but didn’t include it because of it being an escalator more than stairs. However, now that you mention it, I may just as well post the YT video. πŸ™‚

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