Just before the wedding he finds out that she has died. He goes through with the wedding, of course, to this bright, empty-headed young girl. They're in the car after the service, in their bride and groom clothes, and a tear starts to form on his eye. And she says, 'Oh Joe, I do believe you are emotional after all.'
I'm not sure if that's the exact line, but I love that ending. It epitomises the bittersweet thing movies can do - at the very last second leave you with a sting which is still in your head after the lights go up and you're on the sidewalk. And Room at the Top, to me, is one of the best examples.
Paul Schrader's films include 'American Gigolo', 'Cat People', 'Mishima' and 'Light Sleeper'. He was speaking during a recent visit to the National Film Theatre.
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