With shows like “Lip Sync Battle,” the art of pop song mimicry is basically a throwaway pop culture item. But back in the ’80s, iconic lip syncing scenes were sometimes the difference between a pretty good movie and a certified classic.
Take the parade scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” for instance. Here we get a twofer, as Matthew Broderick’s titular character takes it down with “Danke Schoen” only to get things rocking with “Twist and Shout.”
Here’s a little background info about the scene:
“I was very scared,” Broderick said in an interview about the scene back in 1986. “Fortunately, the sequence was carefully choreographed beforehand. We worked out all the moves by rehearsing in a little studio. It was shot on two Saturdays in the heart of downtown Chicago. The first day was during a real parade, and John got some very long shots. Then radio stations carried announcements inviting people to take part in ‘a John Hughes movie’. The word got around fast and 10,000 people showed up! For the final shot, I turned around and saw a river of people. I put my hands up at the end of the number and heard this huge roar. I can understand how rock stars feel. That kind of reaction feeds you.”
Cool stuff, right?