Examining the “Community of 2” Against the World in Classic Films

 

Back in 1974 when reviewing The Tamarind Seed (see previous posts for music reference), Movietone’s Kathleen Murphy came up with the phrase ‘community of two‘ to describe the a particular genre of movie. In her rather long-winded summation:

 

The last bastion of stability and decency resides in the community of two, lovers whose loyalty and commitment to each other may momentarily transcend—but is ultimately and perfunctorily done in by—Cold War games. The games themselves have grown overly familiar and predictably nihilistic: means are expended to achieve ends that possess reality only to those unknown bookkeepers who keep track of the debits and assets of international espionage. … The system kills—by moral attrition, or violently, physically—but always the abstraction of international security is best preserved by a terrible and wasteful expenditure of human resources

 

Now that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it got me thinking about other movies where it’s two people (either romantically involved or friends) against the world. So, without further ado, here’s my ‘community of two’ pictures (in no particular order), with a few chosen clips – feel free to weigh in with suggestions in the comments section:

 

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Midnight Cowboy Florida Fantasy

 

True Romance (1993)

True Romance final scene

 

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - Blaze of Glory Scene (5/5) | Movieclips

 

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Warden Dwight McClusky - last scenes , Natural Born Killers (1994)

 

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Pelican brief clip 2

 

Telefon (1977)

Telefon (1977) - Charles Bronson - Lee Remick

 

Logan’s Run (1976)

 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

 

Papillon (1973)

Never Coming Back | Papillon | Warner Archive

 

Cutter’s Way (1981)

Cutter's Way - the end

 

Leon (1994)

Leon The Professional Playing The Game

 

Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

Bonnie And Clyde (1967) Official Trailer #1 - Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway Movie

 

 

Thelma & Louise (1991)

Geena Davis after sex with Brad Pitt - Thelma and Louise

 

 

Bladerunner (1982)

 

Blade Runner (1982) CLIP - Ending Scene (HD) Harrison Ford Movie

 

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz (2007) - Final Battle Scene Part 2

 

Midnight Run (1998)

Midnight Run: Fistofobia

 

 

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (1974)

Paul Williams - Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Where Do I Go from Here)

 

 

Tango & Cash (1989)

Best scene from Tango & Cash

 

 

The Terminator (1984)

The Terminator 1984 'His name is Connor ' HD Clip 12 23

 

 

Any that I might have missed? And no, I don’t include Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010), but thanks all the same…

Stephen Arnell

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