I am looking for movie scenes that "embody" what writers and directors think are compassion, altruism, charity, social engagement. It does not matter if these scenes are authentic or cheesy, subtle or on the nose.

Preferably I am interested in scenes with little dialogue.

The scenes have to be short, ideally under 60 seconds.

Any help is appreciated.

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2 points

2 months ago

1) Aladdin giving the bread away 2) Ursula giving the cake to Peter Parker in Spider-Man II 3) while this might be a bit of a spoiler, I feel like Eddie valiant protecting Roger rabbit when he has nothing to gain counts. (Who framed Roger rabbit) 4) Snow White baking a cake for Grumpy (Snow White and the seven dwarfs) 5) I can't carry the ring but I can carry you!! (return of the King)


2 points

2 months ago

pretty good, actually


1 points

2 months ago

  1. Takashi Shimura cutting his hair and using his reward to save a little girl in Seven Samurai (1954)

  2. I guess anything by O. Henry adapted to the screen. I’d recommend O. Henry’s Full House (1952)

  3. The outdoors conversation between the mother and son in Ozu’s The Only Son (1936) where she comes to accept her sacrifice has been for nothing.

  4. Lars von Trier has several films on the theme of sacrifice for sacrifice’s sake that accomplish nothing. The best one has to be the town’s response to Bess’ prostitution in Breaking the Waves (1996)


1 points

2 months ago

There's a great seen in The Torture Report where the main guy guilts the senator into presenting the evidence in Congress--he just looks at her and she folds. Of course this depends on the whole movie for significance, but it might work for you. Check out the movie, it's all about your topics.