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Movie Bedrooms (Part 2)September 13, 2016
Hollywood is the stuff of dreams not just for those of us who love to watch the movies, but also for the characters themselves. A few months ago we set about trying to find the five best bedroom sets in film. This task was almost impossible. With so many great movies made since the dawn of the silver screen how could we possibly choose five? Well, we did. And then we chose another five.
Here are five more weird, wonderful and magical movies that all have bedrooms that have played as much a part as the characters who sleep in them.
Who can forget the 80s cult classic Labyrinth. Starring a very young Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, the film is about a young girl with a very vivid and active imagination who plays out scenes from her favourite story, Labyrinth. She unwittingly wishes the Goblin King, played by the late, great David Bowie, to take her baby brother. In her bedroom we are given hints about all the things that feed Sarah’s imagination as she embarks on a quest to rescue her brother, from the stuffed toys that represent characters she meets along the way to the story books, there are clues scattered everywhere.
2) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Adapted from Roald Dahl’s children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this film is a delight for all, regardless of age. It is a story about a boy who despite having nothing learns that he infact has everything. Although set for the most part in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, one of the most memorable scenes from the film is set in the run down home of the main character. While not ACTUALLY a bedroom, the scene of Charlie’s four grandparents in bed is a most memorable one.
3) Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Perhaps one of the most iconic movies of its time, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is as stylish and sophisticated as its main character, Holly Golightly. Played by the inimitable Audry Hepburn, Golightly is the epitome of effortless chic. She is quintessentially New York, and like her trademark little black dress, pearls and kitten heels, her apartment reflects this. Despite the small space it exudes her personality, and this is no more true than in the scene in her bedroom. She lies on crisp white sheets, on a very fashionable black iron scroll bed frame wearing a night mask, looking as glamorous and elegant as ever.
Who can forget the sleepover in Grease? Perhaps one of the greatest movies of all time, this one really does have it all. All singing, all dancing, smile inducing, this really is a classic that has stood the test of time. Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, the 1978 hit transcends the generations.
The sleepover scene is one of the best moments in this movie - it exudes 50s kitsch from the pink floral bedspread to the teddy night gowns worn by the girls. It is an explosion of pink and patterns.
5) Gone with the wind
Given the length of this cinematic epic it is not surprising that there are several bedroom scenes to choose from in Gone with the Wind. The one bedroom that stands out the most though is Rhett and Scarlett's bedroom in their Atlanta home. Opulent, over the top and extravagant don’t come close to describing the chandeliered and gilted chamber that resembles what one might expect from a royal suite.
The rich tapestries, flowing drapery and raised four poster bed are fit for a queen. And as she thought herself queen of the South, it is only fitting that it be where Scarlett O’hara laid her head to rest at night. Although scene of some heartache and hardship for her, this bedroom is one that many dream of.
Whether they are seeking for lost treasure, searching for love, singing about the trials and tribulations of life or simply sleeping off a lavish lifestyle, even the starletts of the silver screen need their beauty sleep….
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