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The heart of a film often comes down to one key scene

The heart of a film often comes down to one key scene

It’s that signature moment in a movie. It’s the scene that brings all the dramatic elements together thematically or allows the story to unfurl organically. The Envelope spoke to several directors whose films span the globe from as far-off locales as India, Romania and West Texas, but they frankly admit that if these particular moments didn’t soar, their movies wouldn’t either.

So what scenes were key to the films?

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

“The key scene is a flashback sequence, which happens about 40 minutes in. That's the cornerstone of the whole movie....

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