5 famous films to feature umbrellas
April 26, 2017
Umbrellas are everywhere, even in the movies. They can be used for so many things in the form of a prop for the actor in possession of one. There are 1000’s of films where brollies feature, so we have picked out 5 of our favourites to share with you today. See which ones you can remember, and if you can’t, then here are five fantastic films to add to your ‘watch list’.
- The Batman Returns
Danny DeVito plays the villain in this classic Batman film as the Penguin. Within his lair in The Batman Returns, Batman’s nemesis has chosen an alternative way of decorating his hideout, with an ominous assortment of umbrellas, of which almost all double up as sinister weaponry for his dastardly deeds. The back-story on the Penguin goes that his father passed away from pneumonia in a rainstorm, and ever since he carried an umbrella for protection. To give you an idea of his collection of black umbrellas and what they are capable of, there’s pretty much all you’d need as a baddie, from blades, guns, handles fitted with radio transmitters, and explosives. Never be found without your own umbrella for protection, invest in a similar style today.
- Singing in the Rain (1952)
Without a doubt, one of the most renowned songs in the history of music, Singing in the Rain is a happy-go-lucky portrayal of Hollywood in the 1920s. The movie stars and is directed by the famous actor, Gene Kelly. And the movie’s lead song has got to be the ultimate advert for enjoying a ‘liquid sunshine’, with the unforgettable image of Kelly happily swinging from a lamppost as he proceeds to dance with his umbrella up a street, something that will never lose its visual appeal. As a film that is primarily based on a song about rain, it is a fairly natural fit the umbrellas are to feature too!
- Mary Poppins (1964)
An absolute classic for all the family to enjoy, Mary Poppins, with her bottomless handbag, is also rarely found without the iconic parrot-head umbrella that the original super nanny holds as she nonchalantly parachutes through the sky. This scene has established itself and the magical umbrella as one of the most familiar scenes in cinematic history. A great advert for the umbrella, we’re sure you’d agree! This Disney classic is frequently referred to as the pinnacle of Walt’s achievement, based on P.L Travers' books. Mr. Disney apparently pursued Travers for two decades before she finally agreed to loan the book to him, and that story itself was turned into a film in 2013 titled Saving Mr. Banks.
- Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner features space-age umbrellas in true 80’s fashion. The umbrellas used in the film sport a light-up shaft, not dissimilar to the light sabre from Star Wars, but with a classic black canopy. The ‘Lampbrella’ has since become a cult-hit prop from the film, released some 33 years ago; many, many people have tried to re-create this magical prop – with some having succeeded! We think that this is a great idea for a real-life umbrella at night to illuminate the path for you!
- My Fair Lady (1964)
Audrey Hepburn, known for being a poster girl for elegance and natural beauty on the screen, does what only Audrey could do with her Ascot outfit in My Fair Lady. Accompanied by her white lace parasol ladies umbrella, which was designed by the legendary Cecil Beaton, the classic umbrella has seen itself grow to become the prime image associated with the film and considered one of Beaton's greatest works. Hepburn’s role sees her play flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe musical of the same name. You too could show the same elegance and class by adding a lace parasol umbrella to your everyday wear.
Think you can name a few others? Let us know!