Saga Favorite facial expression/non-vocal bits

Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by drg4, Sep 10, 2012.

Moderators: Darth_Nub, Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn
  1. drg4 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 30, 2005
    star 4
    Many of my favorite directors (e.g., Ingmar Bergman, Sergio Leone) were drawn to the human face, capturing the souls of their respective characters by way of an applied physiognomy.

    Naturally, this wasn't as much an emphasis for Lucas, Kershner and Marquand, but there are numerous instances in which the protagonists/antagonists become credibly human. All without opening their mouths.

    My choice bits:

    -(TESB-Carbonite Chamber) Leia's determined glare at Vader, as Han is being prepped for freezing. In this context, the silent exchange between the wronged daughter and tyrannical father takes on Greek proportions, suggesting a final, dramatic confrontation in the film(s) to come.

    -(ROTS-Mustafar) Anakin's bemused dismissal, when Padme tells him "Obi-Wan knows about us. He wants to help." The look on his face is absolutely unsettling; haughty and borderline psychotic.

    Any preferences?
  2. Darth_Nub Saga, Classic Trilogy and Film Music Manager

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Apr 26, 2009
    star 4
    ANH - Pretty much all of Han's expressions in the Falcon's cockpit during his conversation with Luke about Leia after they've escaped the Death Star;
    ESB - the cutaway to Yoda shaking his head & grunting after Luke has just had his experience in the cave;
    ESB - Han while Lando tries his "You truly belong with us among the clouds" line on Leia.
    Admiral_Volshe likes this.
  3. HevyDevy Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Apr 13, 2011
    star 3
    I totally agree on this moment, and it is also a stark contrast to his earlier reaction when Padme suggests the same thing in the scene after Anakin's first dream.

    A few ones I like...

    TPM- Padme's smile just before the ending credits,

    AOTC- Anakin's facial expressions when Shmi dies.

    ROTS- The end of the scene where Anakin and Obi-Wan say their farewells, the last time they meet as friends. Anakin's worried expression at the end of the scene.
    ROTS- Anakin's tear on Mustafar.

    ANH- Obi-Wan's look towards Luke when he is about to become one with the force.

    ESB- Luke's look at R2 after he spits out the mud.

    ROTJ- Luke's expression when he first sees Anakin's real face.
    Admiral_Volshe likes this.
  4. ATMachine Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Feb 27, 2007
    star 3
    ANH: the bit where Obi-Wan pauses right before telling Luke what happened to his father. (Funny how Guinness' acting choices there gave Lucas wiggle room to completely change the backstory of Luke's father in the next film.)
  5. EHT New Films Manager

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Sep 13, 2007
    star 6
    Lots of great examples in here. One that I really like that I'll add:

    TESB: the unspoken look of utter despair on Leia's face after nodding in understanding that the doors of the base on Hoth need to be closed, while Han and Luke are somewhere out there.
    DarthBoba likes this.
  6. lukemaraben Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 2, 2012
    star 1
    ROTJ: Han's face after Leia tells him Luke is her brother.
  7. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    Piett trying to simultaneously reply courteously to Vader and not be distracted by Ozzel noisily choking to death at the same time. The radio operator or whatever in the background clinches it-he glances at Ozzel's body, up at the viewscreen, and goes back to work completely non-chalantly.
  8. Ord-Mantell70 Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 9, 2009
    star 3
    Yes, this one's indeed awesome.

    Several I can think of :

    ANH : Obi-Wan's face and awesome expression when he sees Vader waiting for him at the end of the corridor in the Death Star.

    ESB : the shot with Luke's tense face when he's engaging Vader in the carbon freezing chamber. Mixture of slight fear and determination, with the eyes wide open.
    Han's worried and caring face, when he has just told Luke "be careful" and Luke responds "you too", before he leaves for the air batlle on Hoth.

    TPM : Palpatine's surprised and baffled face when the Queen decides to go back to Naboo to take it back from the TF.
    Last edited by Ord-Mantell70, Sep 12, 2012
  9. StampidHD280pro Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 28, 2005
    star 4
    You have EXCELLENT taste!

    CG Yoda in TPM: The look he gives Mace Windu before Windu says "Bring him before us, then."

    Anakin in AOTC: The look he gives Padme after saying "I WISH I could just WISH away my feelings, but I can't." Very accusing in tone.

    Sidious in ROTS: "First, go to the Jedi temple..." He seems to get REALLY excited about these words coming out of his mouth. His eyes bulge. Also my vote for creepiest expression in the entire saga.

    Han in ANH: His face as C-3PO attempts to introduce himself.

    Imperial officer in TESB: There's this one stone-faced dude who's in the background on the Executor. The look on his face is incredibly stupid-looking.

    Admiral Ackbar in ROTJ: Not exactly face acting, but the sigh he gives after the Executor goes down. I always assume he's reacting to all the lives being lost at that moment.
  10. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    Well, yelling YAHOO at the top of his lungs for just having won the battle is inappropriate when you're an Admiral.
  11. StampidHD280pro Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 28, 2005
    star 4
    Yeah, you're right. Maybe not specifically sad over lives lost, but ... sober? I never saw a proud Admiral as he slouches in his seat.
  12. Admiral Volshe Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Sep 2, 2012
    star 8
    I love this. The guy behind them at the controls as well. :p
    DarthBoba likes this.
  13. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    Well, FWIW, Ackbar is arguably the second-most-important character in ROTJ after Luke. It's his battle and plan that's either going to see the Rebellion get vaporized at Endor or deliver the blow that breaks the Empire's political system to pieces. And given that his ragtag collection of funky ships just destroyed the enemy flagship and threw the Imperial fleet into total chaos (it's after Executor goes down that we start seeing Imps fleeing the DS2), sober relief is quite suitable.
  14. StampidHD280pro Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 28, 2005
    star 4
    Agreed. That shot, and the following (Imps fleeing DS2) are very atypical for a big victory moment in Star Wars. Especially for the original trilogy, which was notorious for celebrating the obliteration of faceless, disposable baddies.
  15. darth_mccartney Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 3, 2008
    star 2
    Whenever Watto's not speaking....then! He's one of the BEST characters ever and some of the stuff he says and does is hilarious! Quite frankly Watto's my hero. ;)
  16. drg4 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 30, 2005
    star 4
    There's this marvelous shot of Watto, breaking out into hysterical laughter when Anakin's pod racer breaks down, that never fails to elicit smiles. He's the consummate degenerate gambler.
    eht13 likes this.
  17. Samnz Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 4, 2012
    star 2
    TPM comes to my mind.
    Valorum after Amidala's vote of no conficence. He seemed disappointet yet in some way relieved at the same time.
    And Shmi when Qui-Gon reveals that Anakin has been freed. She's happy for her sun but feels pain.
  18. Mystery Roach Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Mar 10, 2004
    star 4
    I really like the creepy little smile that Sidious gives just before the screen wipe, right after putting on his hood and saying "and we shall have peace".

    Also there's a little Jar Jar moment when he meets Padme and she asks him if he's a Gungan. He smiles and says "Uh-huh", and the innocence of that look just melts my heart and forces me to love him.
  19. Ingram_I Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 7, 2012
    star 2
    Just a few off the top of my head...

    "This is so wizard! I'm sure you'll do it this time, Annie."
    "Do what?"
    "Finish the race, of course!"
    "You've never won a race?"
    "Well...not exactly..."
    "Not even finished?!"
    "But Kitster's right, I will this time."
    (Qui-Gon steps in) "Of course you will."

    The comical deadpan look Padme then gives Qui-Gon before darting her eyes back down to Anakin is near priceless.

    -------------------------

    "Well, look at you, a general, huh?"
    "Oh, well, someone must have told them about my little maneuver at the battle of Taanab."
    "Well, don't look at me, pal. I just said you were a fair pilot. I didn't know they were lookin' for somebody to lead this crazy attack."
    "I'm surprised they didn't ask you to do it."
    "Well, who says they didn't? But I ain't crazy. You're the respectable one, remember?"

    And to that Lando flashes what is arguably the most dashing grin of the entire Saga. Maybe ever, in any medium ...in human history.

    ----------------------

    "Depends on what, Dex?"
    "On how well your manners are. How big your...pocketbook is ...he he he."

    Dex challenges the above with a dastardly good grin himself.

    ------------------------

    "An extremely well put together little droid. Without adoubt, it saved the ship, as well as our lives."
    "It is to be commended. What is its number?"
    "R2-D2, Your Highness."
    "Thank you, Artoo Detoo."

    The camera then cuts to a close up of R2 beaming with childlike happiness as he’s chronologically introduced for the first time into this grand mythology, practically looking right at the audience: "Here I am!" I love it.

    -------------------------

    Finally, for the time being that is, the musically driven, dialogue free scene when Padme lands her ship on Mustafar and spots Anakin approaching from the distance. The close-up to her expression as she takes a moment to look down reveals a brief and quiet sting of emotional despair as she then realizes on some deep level that the man she loves has lost it. Simple but good acting from Portman and a smart visual read by Lucas.
  20. StampidHD280pro Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 28, 2005
    star 4
    Kitster's face in the scene ALWAYS makes me laugh. And you're actually referring to R2's face acting? I was wondering if anyone else was crazy enough to think of R2!
  21. PiettsHat Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jan 1, 2011
    star 4
    I love Shmi's look of concern here:
    [IMG]

    Anakin's excitement -- dreaming of seeing the stars:
    [IMG]

    Padmé's look of incredulity when she finds out Anakin has never won:
    [IMG]

    Both of their expressions here, Padmé losing hope and Palpatine whispering poison in her ear:
    [IMG]

    Padmé's somberness over the fate of her people:
    [IMG]

    Palpatine's self-satisfaction at discovering he will be Chancellor:
    [IMG]

    I love the look they share:
    [IMG]

    Qui-Gon's peacefully meditating face in the heat of battle:
    [IMG]

    Obi-Wan's anger -- he would have smashed Maul to bits if given the chance:
    [IMG]

    Even here, he's already planning...
    [IMG]

    I love the contrast:
    [IMG] [IMG] [IMG]
    Anakin's little grin, Padmé's wide, joyous smile, both contrast with Obi-Wan's more somber, concerned, and uncertain look to the future
  22. PiettsHat Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jan 1, 2011
    star 4
    The earnestness in Mace's face:
    [IMG]

    Padmé's "*****, please" response:
    [IMG]

    Palpatine is never happier than when he is manipulating a situation to his advantage:
    [IMG]

    Anakin's smile at Obi-Wan's chuckling:
    [IMG]

    I love how stressed-out Anakin's face is here; and how Obi-Wan just seems amused by the situation:
    [IMG]

    Padmé's dismissive smile:
    [IMG]

    I'll post more later. This is just the beginning.

    Edit: Continuing

    The kindness in Obi-Wan's expression:
    [IMG]

    Anakin's wild joy at the dive and Obi-Wan's anxiety
    [IMG]
    Last edited by PiettsHat, Sep 13, 2012
  23. drg4 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 30, 2005
    star 4
    Everyone remember Palpatine's official introduction in TPM?

    (Paraphrasing)

    Ric Olie: "Coruscant! The planet is one big city. Look, there's Chancellor Valorum's shuttle. And there's Senator Palpatine waiting for us."

    This is followed up by an incredibly effective tracking shot of Palpatine as he stands in the foreground of the platform. Everything about these five seconds is foreboding--particularly McDiarmid's ashen face. For this brief moment, he's revealed as the Stalin of the galaxy.

    (If I could post this image, I would. Alas, my computer skills are lacking.)
  24. Kenneth Morgan Chosen One

    Member Since:
    May 27, 1999
    star 4
    Hmm...

    I agree with previous posters on Qui-Gon's meditation during the duel, Ani's tears and look of self-disgust after the assassinations on Mustafar, Luke's look of utter determination before dueling with Vader on Cloud City, and Han's expression when Leia breaks the news (going from "What the hell?!" to "YES!!!" in about three seconds). I'll add these:

    -(TPM) Maul's fierce, smug expression as he looks at Obi-Wan after wounding Qui-Gon. It practically says, "You're next, pal!"
    -(ROTS) Ani's expression on Mustafar when he tells Padme how they're going to rule the galaxy; "drunk on the Dark Side" barely covers it. Followed up by his look of quiet rage when he growls at her, "I don't want to hear any more about Obi-Wan."
    -(TESB) Luke's look of defeat on the Falcon after the duel. He looks like he's too devastated to live another minute.
    -(ROTJ) Han's smile on Endor when he tells Luke & Leia, "Hey, it's me." Followed by the twins' knowing looks; they realize what's about to happen.
    -(ROTJ) I like the little smile Luke has when Yoda tells him, "When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not!" He's glad to hear Yoda make a joke again. Followed shortly thereafter by Luke's expression of loving grief when Yoda passes on.
    -(ROTJ) Check out Luke nodding and looking satisfied when Jabba sentences him to the Sarlaac. As I posted on another board, that's clearly what Luke was expecting and wanted. Jedi or not, he was looking forward to taking the Hutt down.
    -(ROTJ) I love how Luke is desperately trying to keep from laughing when Threepio reveals that the Ewoks think he's a god, and then when the droid mentions that he's not programmed to impersonate a deity.
    -(ROTJ) And Luke giving Ani, Ben & Yoda a friendly wink before turning away is a nice touch. All is forgiven, all's right with the universe.

    Sense a pattern with the last few? Mark Hamill has always been underrated for his work in the OT.
    Valairy Scot likes this.
  25. Samnz Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 4, 2012
    star 2
    I was always of the opinion that Portman is much better at body and face acting than vocal performance.

    Pernilla August delivered one of the most underrated performances in Star Wars, imo. She's wonderful, perfect mother.
    [IMG]
Moderators: Darth_Nub, Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn