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Old 03-01-2015, 22:54
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I'm looking for examples of scenes in films with little or no dialogue - the first few I came up with were the end of The Good The Bad & The Ugly, the end of The Straight Story, and pretty much any scene from 2001 A Space Odyssey.

Arty-type films tend to have a lot of this, but can anyone come up with such scenes from more well-known films, even Hollywood blockbusters?

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Old 03-01-2015, 23:05
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The first 15 minutes of Brokeback Mountain comes to mind
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:11
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One scene that springs to mind is the noose scene in 12 years a slave
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:17
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So many. Off my head:

The Last Picture Show
Days of Heaven
Badlands
Blow Up (John Travolta) Edited: Blow Out, not Blow Up.
Paris, Texas
The Ice Storm
The Conversation
Collateral (the ending especially)
Inside Man
Warriors (the walk before one makes that 'come out to play' call)
Touch of Evil (the opening scene)
Rear Window (the part where he watches her breaking into the suspect's flat)

That Clint Eastwood film where he's a burglar or thief in Gene Hackman's place. Edited: Absolute Power. (Thanks, melonfarmer.)

Edited: Close Encounter of the Third Kind (the mashed potato scene)
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:21
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So many. Off my head:

That Clint Eastwood film where he's a burglar or thief in Gene Hackman's place

Is that Absolute Power?
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:23
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Is that Absolute Power?
Yes, it is. Thank you.
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:26
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All Is Lost has almost no dialogue at all.

A good chunk of the scenes in Cast Away.

The first 20 minutes of There Will Be Blood.
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:47
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The first 30 minutes of the 1955 French crime thriller, Rififi has no dialogue or background music.
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:51
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sex films i expect..just the silly music going on in background, and groaning
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Old 03-01-2015, 23:53
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Quest for Fire is set in prehistoric times and has no intelligible dialogue.
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:02
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The opening scene of Once Upon In America where the phone keeps ringing.
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:05
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Under The Skin.
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:00
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:40
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Once Upon a Time in the West - the Henry Fonda & Charles Bronson face off. No dialogue, just a blistering soundtrack.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:34
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The end sequence of 'Cruel Intentions'
The long opening section of 'Wall-E'
The hair washing sequence of Tarkovsky's 'Mirror'
Hospital scene from 'Jacob's Ladder'
Darkness scene from 'Silence of the Lambs'
Numerous scenes from Lynch's 'Eraserhead'
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:24
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Several in tinfoil hat classic Eyes Wide Shut:

Dreamy/eerie tracking shot through masked orgy.

Cruise stalked by heavy who, eerily, makes no attempt to hide.

Cruise handed letter at mansion gate by another heavy under eerie gaze of security cam.

As we can see, EWS is quite an eerie film.
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Old 04-01-2015, 13:53
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The opening robbery scene in Michael Mann's Thief.
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Old 04-01-2015, 16:17
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Thanks for these, keep them coming if you've got them.

Based on these suggestions I've been remembering wordless scenes from films that can otherwise be quite scripted - Miles and Maya walking up the stairs to her apartment in Sideways for instance.
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Old 04-01-2015, 18:03
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Rambo..where he is just making weapons or hiding with daft music on

or

Predator..again same as above
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Old 06-01-2015, 04:50
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The opening sequence of Rio Bravo.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:46
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There's a number of noteworthy dialogue-free sequences in Brian DePalma's Dressed To Kill, including this famous one set in a museum. It's SFW - unlike the scene that immediately follows it!
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Old 11-01-2015, 12:04
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Belleville rendez vous and the illusionist are both pretty much free from dialogue
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Old 11-01-2015, 13:11
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The scene in Notting Hill where he walks through the market, seasons and scenes changing to mark the passage of time.

Does the scene at the end of Alien, where she's trapped alone in the pod with the Alien, have any dialogue?

The scene where Tippi Hedren takes the bird over to Mitch's house by boat, it's a long and silent scene (in The Birds)
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Old 11-01-2015, 13:52
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There's nothing spoken for the first five minutes or so of There Will Be Blood.
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Old 11-01-2015, 14:37
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The beg inning of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has no dialogue.
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