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Movie BedroomsJune 08, 2016
From the days of black and white to today’s high tech technicolour, from fantasy to futuristic, from France to India, comedy, drama and musicals, bedrooms have been a big feature in the movies. The scenes of teenage angst, passionate love, death, trickery and misadventure, so much more has happened in the bedrooms of our favourite films than sleep.
We have dug deep, gone back in time and fast forwarded into the future. We have travelled the globe, gone on adventures with some of our favourite heroes and stepped into the fantasy worlds and imaginations of some of the greatest movie makers of all time. We have journeyed through the cinematic landscape to find ten of the best bedrooms from some of the best movies of all time.
This 1930s classic was made in the golden age of cinema - the days of glamour, opulence, dashing leading men and gorgeous starlets. Starring the legendary Greta Garbo in the leading role opposite screen heart throb Robert Taylor, Camille tells the story of a Parisian socialite. The bedroom is one of the other stars of this movie. It is a scene of much of the interaction between the couple, and is where Camille finally dies in the arms of her lover surrounded by the extravagant trappings of her social climbing life that has ultimately led to her downfall.
2) Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
One of the most iconic movies of the 80s, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off remains a classic to this day! The movie is set around the antics of a high school student who bunks school for the day and gets up to all manner of shenanigans with his girlfriend Sloane Petersen and best friend Cameron Frye, played by Alan Ruck, as they joyride through town in Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari. But the movie begins in Ferris’ bedroom. Played by Matthew Broderick, Ferris first has to convince his parents that he is in fact sick. Once he’s accomplished this, he has to devise a way to keep the act up. Later in the movie we are treated to the ingenuity of this wise-cracking, smart thinking teenager as he rigs up a dummy in his bed so that when his parents (who obviously know him all too well) come home to check on him it looks like he is in fact in bed sleeping. This really is a classic!
3)The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Who can forget the look of horror on Maggie Smith’s face when she is shown her bedroom in what is supposed to be a high-end retirement hotel for English visitors. Smith’s character Muriel Donnelly travels to India under the impression that she is going to spend her twilight years in a very grand, newly renovated hotel for retirees. What she is faced with instead is a shabby, rundown hotel with all manner of critters in residence.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful movies made, this French masterpiece is the story of a girl who works in a coffee shop in Paris.
Innocent, naive, imaginative and quirky, Amelie lives in a world of her own. Amelie Poulain, played by Audrey Tautou, grows up isolated from other children because of a heart condition, and as such creates her own world in which she lives. Beautifully designed, this film has all the finesse one would expect from a film set in Paris. Exquisitely offbeat decor and the attention to detail is amazing. Watching it, you can’t help but wish to be transported into this magical and eccentric world created by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
5) Iron Man
Set some time slightly in the future, Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jnr in the title roll, tells the story of a man, made robot. Multi billionaire, techno geek, futurist Stark has built an empire based on the technology of the future. He has also built himself a home that follows suit. With the touch of button, in fact with voice command automation there nothing that can’t be done. His bedroom curtains open, the lights go on,and it wouldn’t be surprising if his bed was made like this too.
From way back when to sometime far far away, the legends of the big screen, the characters we’ve grown up with, like us all have bedrooms in which they either seek solace, plan to take over the world or drift off into worlds unknown. Here are just a few of our favourites…
There are plenty more to come!
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