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It’s that moment when somebody among the huddled masses shouts and points at the Lady in the Harbor.
Oh we are talking serious goosebumps and maybe a lump in the throat. No matter how many viewings. I’m not talking nationalism or patriotism or my country right or wrong, love it or leave it yada yada yada. Right now this pandemic ridden, disinformative, anti-immigrant world can take a powder as m’mind’s eye and ear only sees and hears the unmitigated joy of the downtrodden having longed to and finally crossed the old stream called the River Jordan…and entering the Promised Land.
Sometimes it’s scored, sometimes it’s unscored. Either way, it's powerful.
Oddly enough, for me it's the scene in The Hunt for Red October when the Dallas erupts from the ocean's depths. Basil's pulse-pounding music give me chills even now just writing about it. Gets me each and every time!
Stealing the Enterprise in Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock. It gives me goosebumps every time I see it. Opening of Planet of the Apes (1968) , Escape from The Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man. The Time Machine (1960) beginning and end. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Barry Opening. Fight scene You Only Live Twice. Tomorrow Never Dies Hamburg Break In and Backseat Driver. Anything from Robin Hood Korngold. Independence Day July 4th speech by President.
I always get choked up at the scene - forget the movie - where the guy in the future rides a horse to America and finally arrives at the Statue of Liberty, which a future artist has revised to include only the head and arm. The guy breaks down and weeps in happiness that he has finally arrived to the US, and escaped the oppression he experienced in his home country. I wish I could remember the film.
I can't remember if any such scene appears in ANGELA'S ASHES, as they return back to the US, but I have this vague memory that it does (it's been many years since I saw it). At the very least, Williams' music captures the Comfort of the Return in his music, in "Back to America". The score is top 10 Williams to me.
You should have named the thread "Bring us those huddled masses" or something.
The great thing about The Immigrant scene is when the official pushes them all behind the rope, and Chaplin raises his hand to his brow toward the statue like he is looking for this land of liberty that he'd heard of.