The scene that gets me is in the episode where Meredith drowned. It's very brief, but it's Denny and Izzie passing each other in the hall. Both stop and even though they can't see each other, between the expressions of the actors and great camera work, you instantly feel that connection and the loss of a great love. I sit through that episode again and again, just for that moment.
No, the part that gets to me has nothing to do with the fall of the south or Rhett leaving Scarlett. Instead, I turn on the water works during the scene on the road to Tara. Rhett has just left Scarlett so that he can go join the army. Scarlett has Melonie, Prissy, and Melonie's baby in a wagon. So here is this once beautiful southern belle pulling this sick horse along this road and she says simply, "Come on you, I'm going home."
Here an entire war has raged all around her and like a child all she can think of is going home. How many of us have felt like that?
The part that gets me is before the ship even sinks. As many of you know from my previous blog posts, I'm a big fan of the actual Titanic ship and grew up watching stories about the survivors (blog post about The Real Magic of Titanic). One thing that the survivors often mentions was the sight of the flares and how real it all suddenly seemed. Perhaps because of this, the part in the movie that gets me is the sight of the flares lighting the sky over Jack's head as Rose is lowered in a life boat (just before she jumps back onto the ship).
So this is my list of television and movie moments that are amazing because of how very subtle the emotion is. To me, those scenes are more emotional and moving than the scenes that were really meant to move me. As writers, I think it's important that we remember these examples. When writing, as long as we stay in the moment and show what's going on in our story, the emotion will take care of itself so much better than if we're "trying" to make people react a certain way.
What are some of you favorite movie and television moments and what have you learned from them that has carried over to your writing?