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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What’s your favorite snow-related scene or sequence from a film?

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

There’s a lot of snow on the ground in London this morning… enough that it would be kinda impressive even in New York. Since everything makes me think about movies:
What’s your favorite snow-related scene or sequence from a film?

I’m gonna go with all the Hoth stuff in The Empire Strikes Back. From Han Solo’s “Then I’ll see you in hell!” to,well, Han Solo’s “And I thought they smelled bad on the outside,” there’s a ton of humor and just plain human desperation connected to the cold setting — the weather and the environment isn’t just sci-fi dressing.

(On a related note, I’ll also mention the episode of Stargate SG-1 in which O’Neill and Carter think they’re going home through the stargate but end up in a strange place in a snow cave on what Carter determines, once she’s able to climb outside, to be “an ice world.” Of course, it turns out they’ve come through a second gate on Earth and are in Antarctica. I’ve always thought that the presumption that this had to be “an ice world” is a nice little smackdown of unimaginative science fiction writers who invent planets that have only a single kind of environment… such as Hoth.)

You?

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