Monday, November 21, 2011

Scene of the Week: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

By s. Monday, November 21, 2011 , ,
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
directed by Tim Burton

The scene: In the film's most clever and one of the most memorable musical numbers, Mrs Lovett, owner of the pie store and Sweeney Todd, man immersed in the vengeance and killing spree, think of a way to get rid of the body of the man he has just killed. As Todd sits down drinking gin, Lovett has a diabolical idea - using the meat from the body to make pies. They both start to sing and gaze through the window, looking for potential victims and thinking about how their meat would taste like. Then they both dance waltz, with Todd holding a chopper and Lovett with roller pin - the "tools" for their successful business. The scene is special because it is the moment in the movie that best shows the affection both people have for each other and their devotion to the cause - Todd to practicing his kills before he kills his enemy and Lovett in supporting Todd - with whom she is hopelessly in love with. Both willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.

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