Thursday, October 15, 2009


Just out of morbid curiosity I caught a couple of civil reenactment videos on YouTube. The one thing the reenactments had in common (aside from lack of a boom mic), was they TRIED to be frightfully accurate. Now say you were going to recreate another important piece of history. For argument sake let's say the final scene in David Chase’s masterful opusThe Sopranos. You know the one where you were cursing your cable provider ‘cause the scene suddenly cut out. Anyway, here it gets a little easier thanks again to youtube (see below) and DVDs to figure out the general details. However, if you are aiming for that “frightfully accurate” realism here are some not so obvious facts to help…

The scene lasts 4 minutes and 32 seconds.

It takes place at Holsten’s in Bloomfield, NJ (it’s actually an ice-cream parlor so you’ll need to bring your own jukebox).

Once Tony selects his booth, he does a slight drum tap on the table (with both hands) before reaching his left hand to the jukebox to search songs.

Tony flips through 2 jukebox pages before landing on the Journey song.

Tony views the songs in following order before making his choice...

  1. Sawyer Brown (Somewhere Into The Night)
  2. Heart (Who Will You Run To)
  3. Journey (Don’t Stop Believing)
  4. Tony Bennett (I Gotta Be Me)

He chooses the song with his right hand.

Meadow attempts to parallel park the car twice before she succeeds.

Throughout the scene Tony nervously eyes the following people in this order...

  1. young woman in black coat,
  2. older man in baseball cap
  3. young couple in love (slightly eyes over Carmela’s shoulder)
  4. guy in windbreaker
  5. waitress
  6. guy in windbreaker (2nd time)
  7. waitress (2nd time)
  8. looks at door at ???

Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing stops exactly at 3 minutes and 38 seconds.

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