We're starting a new every-day-or-so post here at Cinematical which will look back at some of our favorite scenes in film; the ones that stand out, make you laugh, make you cry -- quite literally the scenes that make the movie. Of course a great film probably has more than one great scene in it, but that's what we'll all get to discuss in the comments section, I'm sure. First up (for me) is Ferris Bueller's Day Off ... partly because it's one of my favorite films of all time, and partly because I watched it on cable over the weekend.

When you have a film like Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- where practically every scene is an instant classic -- it could be hard to highlight one as being a cut above the rest. However, the parade scene has always been my favorite -- so much so that, as a little kid, I actually held my boom box up to the television and recorded this scene so I could replay all those good vibes over and over again. A few extra tidbits on this scene (from IMDB)

  • During the parade several of the people seen dancing (including the construction worker and the window washer) originally had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played and John Hughes found it so humorous that he told the camera operators to record it.
  • The dance sequence by the group on the stairs during Ferris's lip-synch performance of Twist and Shout is taken directly out of Michael Jackson's Thriller video.
  • The Parade sequence (Twist and Shout scene) was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade. An annual event in the Chicagoland area.
Additionally, after the jump I posted a homemade video of a group of people who recreated this scene during New York's Halloween parade last year. But enough of my babbling -- here's what we all came to watch:



Recreating the parade scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off