Ghost, directed by Jerry Zucker. With Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.

Whenever you talk about throwing, 9 people out of 10 will mention this film, legendary because of its highly memorable erotic scenes on the wheel. For me, too, this is a legendary film... but it has more to do with pushing matter with your guts and emotions.


Ugetsu Monogatari, directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. With Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyo.

Another story where the Potter must confront Death. But whereas in GHOST, Love managed to conquer the Grim Reaper, this Japanese film sends a much darker message. When the ambitious potter Genjuro follows a mysterious courtesan to a luxurious and refined life in a secluded castle, he is actually flirting with decrepitude. He'd be better off abandoning his dreams of becoming an artist and return to his village and his humble trade. His wife will thank him in her own way...


Showtime, directed by Tom Dey. With Robert de Niro and Eddie Murphy.

When de Niro, a disillusioned cop, decides to unwind on the wheel set up in his bathroom.


Titanic, directed by James Cameron. With Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet.

Don't you remember the early scenes of this movie? An elderly woman, one of the few survivors of the catastrophe, is waiting for the reporter who will interview her. She's on her veranda, throwing. I seem to remember reading an article in which Cameron explained that he wasn't sure if this scene would be plausible... until somebody told him about Beatrice Wood, who worked on the wheel to the ripe old age of 105.