In searching the internet for the British Film Institute’s Top 50 Movies of all time, our researcher came across the little known and highly dubious BFI, the Bin Film Institute. Yes, there is an institute that specializes in famous deleted scenes involving bins of the world’s top movies. Who would have thought bins were so intrinsic to modern film? Why were these important scenes kept from public view?

Ok, so this institute does not actually exist.  But what if it did? Imagine all the lovely bin scenes that have been lost to the cutting room floor, swept up and tossed into the editor’s own dashing designer bin. It seems that some of these scenes could have drastically changed the focus of the movie. Now you too can enjoy those scenes through the magic of the internet, (and a film-lover who perhaps thinks about bins a little too much).

Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo, the 1958 Hitchcock thriller takes the number one slot with a deleted bin scene that could have blown the minds of generations
for…well….generations! The famous bin scene that was deleted occurs when Madeleine is in the apartment leased to Scottie Ferguson. She picks up two green cushions and shoves them into a large recycling bin. Recycling had not been invented yet, and the scene was cut! Hard to believe, but such is Bin Cinema. In the next scene, the cushions are golden in colour. Ever wonder why? Check in the bin!

Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane starred Orson Welles in 1941. That movie was entirely about bins but one would never know it from the way the movie was edited. The reporters are looking for meaning “rosebud” the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane. In almost every scene, they search trash bins, school bins, office bins, toy bins and even search a guy named Ben, but these critical bin scenes were all deleted. Had they bin (sorry) left in, this movie might have become famous. Just saying.

Tokyo Story (1953)

From 1953, we have Tokyo Story, perhaps the greatest post-war bin movie of all time. When an elderly couple return to Tokyo they find their children are indifferent and selfish. They scold the aged pair for throwing trash into their kitchen bin and threaten to ship the old folks off to a resort for the aged if they throw any more trash in the kid’s bin.

The elderly father then empties his pockets of all kinds of tofu product wrappers and an empty soft drink bottle and stuffs them into a Kickmaster bin. He gives a blood-curdling Samurai yell, and kicks the Kickmaster through the kitchen window. This movie marked the first use of the so-called “no harm” disclaimers. This one reads: “No Kickmaster bins were harmed during the filming of this movie.”

8 ½ (1963)

Italy was big on bins in the 1960’s. Fellini’s 8 1/2 is Federico Fellini’s 1963 movie about a harried motion picture director. In this deleted scene, while out for a drive, the characters of Guido and Claudia pull off to stop near some springs. They stopped because Guido wanted to get rid of load of trash that had been piling up in the rear seat. Hamburger and taco wrappers, soft drink cups and unread Italian newspapers were everywhere. Upon finding a wheelie bin sitting near the springs, Guido has Claudia collect his mess and dispose of it. He then tells Claudia to: “Get back in the car. We are going to go bin shopping!”  Sadly, this breath-taking scene was never shown on the silver screen. It is a shame too because the movie was shot in black and white, yet wheelie bins are available in several lovely neon colours.

2001 – A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey is Kubrick’s nod to the need for bins in space. Just before stepping from the pod to repair the failed AE-35 unit, Dr. Dave Bowman discovers several crumpled bits of paper and candy wrappers on the floor of the spaceship. He immediately confronts HAL who calmly states: “Dave, you know I am just a computer, right?” Bowman snaps at HAL and reminds him that if he doesn’t start using the ships many gorgeous designer trash bins rather than the floor, someday people will use computers just to play inane games all day. At that point in the film, HAL is seen gathering up the trash and placing it in a nearby Spaceboy bin. I’ll never understand why such a poignant bin scene was itself left lying on the cutting room floor.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver is one of the best movies from the 1970’s, also known as the Decade of the Bins! Yes, people everywhere were discovering the whole ecology movement and falling in love with bins. U.S. President Jimmy Carter won the election that year. He ran on a singular campaign promise:  “Bins for everyone, and for everyone, bins!”  Only history will tell if he won because of his bin promise, or his winning Colgate smile.  Nevertheless, De Niro’s Taxi Driver stunned the world when he placed his cigarette butt into a wall mounted cigarette bin rather than tossing it into the street. The shocking scene was deemed to environmentally-friendly for the American audience and was dutifully censored, uh, cut from the film.

Harry Brown (2009)

Michael Caine starred in the 2009 thriller entitled Harry Brown. This moving story about an elderly man who loses his best friend to a gang of street thugs and then goes about taking out the trash, so to speak, has classic bin movie written all over it. In the nerve-fraying scene in which Harry goes into a heroin den to purchase a weapon, Harry admonishes the doper that he needs to clean up his flat. Taken aback by the elder Harry’s bold admonishment, the doper states he hates trash bins, school bins, cigarette bins and all manner of bins. The man then breaks down and sobs about how he was placed in a bin when he was just a boy. Apparently that traumatic situation caused him to pursue a life of crime. Harry Brown then consoles the doper just before dispatching him. Harry then asks the newly deceased doper: “I wonder if they make a proper designer bin for trash like you lot?”  It is a great movie, even without the bin scene.

That’s our report from the prestigious Bin Film Institute. Who knows what other classic bin scenes lie on the cutting room floor.

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