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Reprise » Heroic Silhouette Images in Film

Batman-Begins

My good friend and movie blogger, J.D. from RADIATOR HEAVENtagged me with a meme awhile back. One that made the rounds in 2010, and naturally close to my heart since I tend to be visual. I’m so inclined…just ask my wife. Plus, my love of film made it fun to participate. The original meme, begun at Stephen Russell-Gebbett’s Checking on My Sausages blog, asked that those participating submit…

“… a gallery of images… to stand for so much of what makes Cinema such a rich and exciting medium.”

Blogger Jeremy Rickey, of the Moon in the Gutter blog, tagged J.D. and seized upon another’s (The Dancing Image) lead of offering up some stills that captured a certain theme byway of his image collection. J.D.’s meme post followed suit, centering on director Michael Mann’s protagonists in isolation. Wonderfully, I might add. Who was I to buck such a trend?

Back then, I chose the theme of heroic silhouette images in cinema. This visual outlining technique, which has been noted to be tied with mythology, continues to be well used in motion pictures, for many decades now. Primarily, it’s brought into play to portray and/or identify the hero, or protagonists, on film. It’s a technique that has drawn me to its use for many years.

Shouldn’t surprise — I think I’ve made it clear by now that high-contrast images capture my interest.

So, the rules of the meme were:

  1. Pick as many pictures as you want — but make them screen-captures. These need to be moments that speak to you that perhaps haven’t been represented as stills before.
  2. Pick a theme, any theme.
  3. You MUST link to Stephen’s original gallery (see above) and my post if I am tagging you and you choose to participate.
  4. Tag five blogs.

Back in 2010 I made my five blogger selections for continuing this image meme, if interested in participating or hadn’t already done so. For today’s reprise, I’ll leave it to any reader who’d want to reopen this idea. You’re all invited partake.

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Obviously, I think highly of the silhouetted image I’ve used for my post’s lead. Bruce Wayne as you-know-who in Batman Begins. The following are my favorites for this category.

Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan

King Leonidas, 300

King Leonidas, 300

Stephen McCaffrey, Backdraft

Stephen McCaffrey, Backdraft

El Mariachi, Desperado

El Mariachi, Desperado

John McClane, Die Hard

John McClane, Die Hard

The Stranger, High Plains Drifter

The Stranger, High Plains Drifter

Indy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Bride, Kill Bill Vol. 1

The Bride, Kill Bill Vol. 1

The Bride, Kill Bill Vol. 2

The Bride, Kill Bill Vol. 2

Arthur, King Arthur

Arthur, King Arthur

Will Graham, Manhunter

Will Graham, Manhunter

Maggie Fitzgerald, Million Dollar Baby

Maggie Fitzgerald, Million Dollar Baby

Josey Wales, The Outlaw Josey Wales

Josey Wales, The Outlaw Josey Wales

Hartigan, Sin City

Hartigan, Sin City

Sgt. Todd (as chased byCaine 607), Soldier

Sgt. Todd (as chased by Caine 607), Soldier

Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact

Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact

Dale ‘Mac’ McKussic & Nick Frecia, Tequila Sunrise

Dale ‘Mac’ McKussic & Nick Frecia, Tequila Sunrise

Father Merrin, The Exorcist

Father Merrin, The Exorcist

Ethan Edwards, The Searchers

Ethan Edwards, The Searchers

Col. Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neil, Stargate

Col. Jonathan ‘Jack’ O’Neil, Stargate

David Dunn, Unbreakable

David Dunn, Unbreakable

Maximus, Gladiator

Maximus, Gladiator

River Tam, Serenity

River Tam, Serenity

William Munny, Unforgiven

William Munny, Unforgiven

21 Responses to “Reprise » Heroic Silhouette Images in Film”

  1. jackdeth72

    Very cool idea, post and dissertation!

    I’d add the final moments silhouette of Cornel Wilde’s Detective Lieutenant Leonard Diamond wrpped in diffused light, smoke and shadow. After the final gunfight with Richard Conte’s crime Kingpin, Mr. Brown in the way ahead of its time Noir gem, The Big Combo .

    Could also add Omar Sharif on camel back riding through the desert heat haze before meeting Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. And Orson Welle’s Harry Lime being pursued by Calloway and company through the Vienna sewers in The Third Man.

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  2. ruth

    WHOA!! These. are. awesome. I LOVE your picks Michael, esp that first one of Batman. I LOVE the Leonidas one too, very artistic! Oh and the one from The Exorcist always gives me chills.

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  3. The Natural | 30 Years On: 1984 a Great Year for Movies

    […] just happened across a post at one of my favorite on-line haunts, that featured a look at heroic silhouette images. Well here is one to add to the collection, as Roy Hobbs prepares to step out of the dark that has […]

    My hometown colleague, Richard Kirkham, linked to this article and featured a rather great one himself for this 80s classic.

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    Roy Hobbs, The Natural

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  4. John DuMond

    That Sudden Impact silhouette with Clint holding the .44 Automag has always been a personal favorite among movie scenes. When I was in college, I’d have loved to have had a poster of that to hang in my dorm room. Sadly, I never found one for sale anywhere.

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    • le0pard13

      It was pretty darn striking that image of Clint with the Automag, for sure. It would have made a great poster, too. Thanks, John. :-)

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