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5 iconic umbrellas from film and television

Lost in Translation (2003)

Sofia Coppola's cult movie chronicles the unlikely bond of young newlywed Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) and aging movie star Bob (Bill Murray). Many of the most beautiful scenes see conflicted Johansson wandering the streets of rainy Tokyo, water droplets dripping off her minimalistic clear umbrella.

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Yellow Submarine (1968)

This psychedelic musical fantasy comedy cartoon took the Beatles on a trippy adventure through an underwater make believe world, accompanied by the bands iconic soundtrack. One scene features a set of silhouetted trench coat wearing men clutching umbrellas, while Eleanor Rigby plays poignantly in the background

Withnail & I (1987)

British black comedy film Withnail & I follows two unemployed young actors living in Camden, who take a less than relaxing holiday to the Lake District. The end scene sees Withnail in Regents Park, reciting Hamlet’s soliloquy while holding a black umbrella.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

The film features the beautiful Genevieve, who is employed in her mother’s suave but financially struggling umbrella store. Genevieve falls in love with a mechanic that she meets there, but ultimately has to move on with her life. All of the dialogue is in song, and the colourful back drops and pop art scenery make this umbrella toting movie a chirpy classic.

How I Met Your Mother (2005 -2014)

Although not a movie, this comedy classic cannot go without a mention when the topic turns to screen starring umbrellas.

Lead character Ted Mosby’s mysterious love interest was infuriatingly hidden behind the infamous yellow umbrella for all 9 seasons of the show.  After nine years the big reveal left some feeling less than pleased – but the iconic yellow umbrella remains a firm fashion favourite due to the hit TV show. And we’re still holding out for a movie.

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