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Still from Back to the Future, 1985.

The great movie scenes: Back to the Future

Back to the Future is one of the most loved films from the 1980s, and galvanised audiences across every demographic. In this episode of Close-Up, Bruce Isaacs looks at the politics underpinning the film.
Still from 'The Matrix', 1999

The great movie scenes: The Matrix and bullet-time

When it was released in 1999, The Matrix introduced a new type of image: bullet-time. Bruce Isaacs explains why it has become one of the most influential special effects in the history of cinema.
Composite: Stills from Godfather (1972), Shutterstock

The great movie scenes: The Godfather

The final scene of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola deploys a technique known as parallel montage to great and rhythmic effect.
Bernard Herrmann’s music for the final scene in Psycho fragments and breaks down, echoing the psychotic episode experienced by the character Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Graphics: Emil Jeyaratnam/The Conversation; Image: Still from 'Psycho' (1960)

The great movie scenes: Hitchcock’s Psycho and the power of jarring music

In this episode of Close-up, Bruce Isaacs contrasts the unsettling musical score from Hitchcock’s Psycho with Howard Shore’s score for Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
The mechanical shark used in the 1975 film Jaws. Tom Simpson/ flickr

The great movie scenes: Steven Spielberg’s Jaws

The 1975 film Jaws launched the career of a young Steven Spielberg. In this scene, the town's police chief Martin Brody witnesses the shark's brutal attack for the first time - taking the viewer along for the ride.
(Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind) says to me…true love is still possible and you can put your faith in it.

The great movie scenes: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Bruce Isaacs analyses the deceptively complex closing scene of Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), starring Jim Carey and Kate Winslet.
Jack Nicholson gave perhaps his greatest performance as journalist David Locke. Youtube

The great movie scenes: Antonioni’s The Passenger

Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson, explored time and memory. We look at a single scene, featuring one of the most influential camera moves of '70s cinema.
James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958). Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

The great movie scenes: Hitchcock’s Vertigo

What makes a film a classic? In a new monthly column, film scholar Bruce Isaacs analyses a single sequence from a great film. Here, we look at a scene from Vertigo.