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Top 3 Grand Entrances in Film – The 1960’s

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The directors of these films weren’t taking any chances of their characters being forgotten, so they came out all guns blazing. Here are my top grand entrances by characters in some of the most iconic 1960’s movies.

Lawrence of Arabia  (1962)

David Lean’s masterpiece of film making included the notorious entrance of Omar Sharif (playing Sherif Ali Ibn el Kharish).

Lawrence and his escort Tafas are standing at a Bedouin well in the middle of a desolate desert, in excruciating heat, as Tafas draws water from the well.  Cue a tiny glimmer of action on the far horizon, a cloud of dust and a speck emerging from the shimmering heat haze  – what can it be?  Lawrence is alert – could it be ‘the Turks?’

As the ominous figure comes closer into view, a transfixed Lawrence and Tafas try and make out who it is – slowly the image coming into view becomes a black figure on a camel, coming closer and closer. Before reaching them, a shot rings out and Tafas falls, dead.

As Lawrence is fixed to the ground, the mysterious black clad stranger dismounts his camel and walks over to check on Tafas.

Sherif: “He is dead”

Lawrence: “Yes. Why?”

Shreif: “This is my well”.

Lawrence had a lot to learn about Bedouin ancient tribal warfare!

James Bond  No 2 (1969)

This 007 never was much of a wall flower when it comes to grand entrances, but the 1969 film “On her Majesty’s Secret Service” was an entrance everyone was on tenterhooks about, following the popularity of Sean Connery in the first five Bond films.

Now it was up to silverscreen Bond No 2, a little known Australian model George Lazenby, to step into the famous shoes.

Cue classic opening shot of Bond driving along the coast of Portugal in his Aston Martin, in the sunshine. He stops to rescue a fully clothed woman who is drowning herself in the surf, and as he carries her back to revive her, he utters the famous line, “My name’s Bond, James Bond”, so we are all crystal clear. Then, suddenly he is attacked by two men but (of course) he manages to fight them off  – delivering the killer next line “This never happened to the other fellow”,  sealing his place in Bond history.

The Graduate (1967)

In a classic tale of Cougar-gets-younger-man, the opening scene sees troubled, alienated college graduate Benjamin Braddock (played by a very young Dustin Hoffman) sitting in his bedroom, avoiding his own graduation party.

As he stares into the glass of a fish tank, in the frame we see the doors fling open to reveal a black-clad older woman, Mrs Robinson, who had followed him there on the flimsy excuse that she needed the bathroom.

Benjamin is not quick off the mark and says he wants to be alone, but arch cradle snatcher Mrs Robinson sets the path for her seduction of him, by insisting that he give her a lift home. The rest is indeed history – as solidified in the 1968 song by Simon & Garfunkel.

What are your favourite film entrances?

Sarah O’Neill is an eco-blogger who loves film. She writes for Merritt Plastics, one of the largest plastic recycling companies in the UK, who undertake PVC U plastic window recycling to a new level, turning consumer waste products into products that can be used again and again. 

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Find The Home Theater Design That Reflects Your Favorite Movies

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Most people like to watch their favorite movies in their home entertainment center, and half the fun of having a theater in your home is knowing that you can watch the films that you really enjoy the most at any time of day or night, 365 days a year. There’s no waiting for the film you want to see arriving in the local theater for a limited run. Any movie that you like can have an extended run right inside of that room where you like to be entertained.

But there are some folks who take the whole home entertainment thing to an entirely new dimension by making their home theaters look like the movies that they like to watch. When you show “Return of the Jedi” in your specially designed “Star Wars” themed home entertainment room, you might have a rather difficult time figuring out where the movie stops and the real world begins.

So what other kinds of themes are movie fans pursuing when they decide to deck out their viewing area with some spiffy décor that will immediately put them in the mood for the kinds of films they like most?

Bat Cave Movie Theater Theme

Some creative movie fans came up with a Bat Cave Movie Theater that features some high end home theater seats upholstered in black, shiny fabric that makes the theater immediately reminiscent of those nocturnal flying mice. It sure would be interesting to watch a chain of Batman movies in the Bat Cave theater. Some lucky individual reportedly paid a half million dollars just for the seating in his Bat Cave home movie space. All the lucky owner would need now is Alfred the butler to serve drinks and popcorn.

Opera House Theme

Another film fanatic built a home theater made to look like a turn of the century opera house that has a refreshment stand, box office and marquee, as well as some Elite home theater furniture. The theater is complete with three DVD players, a JVC projector and some high-end sound gear. It might be the perfect place to watch the Marx Brothers in “A Night at the Opera.”

Bank Theme

If you want to feel really safe and secure while watching movies, you might want to build what one movie fan constructed – a home theater with a very large bank vault, some ornate woodwork and comfortable seating, of course. What better place could there be to watch some of those old gangster movies from the 1930s, especially the ones with a bank-heist theme?

Stargate Theme

And finally we have a Stargate-themed home theater that is replete with star lighting effects and in-wall speakers. When it comes to movie fans, few are as dedicated as the ones who are science fiction fans. The Force is with them.

Bobby Bala is an honored home theater furniture expert and contributing writer specializing in discussing various seating for movie theaters in home. He has been in the home movie theater furniture industry for a long time and is one of the top suppliers of custom seating solutions.

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