Lights. Camera. Action!
Everyone loves the movies, and this coming Sunday, Hollywood will take center stage honoring this past year’s best films and performances as award season comes to a close.
There are seven motion pictures vying for the highly coveted title of “Best Picture,” each with a veritable who’s who of movie industry elites, portraying character roles in a variety of engrossing plots.
But a movie would be nothing without a setting, and in these – as well as most other feature length films – there’s almost always a home that’s featured. Whether it’s key to the plot, as in the case of the 2001 thriller “The Others,” or rarely depicted like the 2000 drama “Cast Away,” home is where the heart is, to steal a line from the 2000 Natalie Portman film of the same name.
The following are some of the more memorable houses to grace the silver screen over the years.
Xanadu in “Citizen Kane”
Believed by many to be among the best films of all time – a title that the American Films Institute has given to the 1941 classic – “Citizen Kane” featured one of the more extravagant houses that you’ll ever see. Belonging to the film’s protagonist Charles Foster Kane – portrayed by movie icon Orson Welles – the Xanadu estate still impresses nearly 75 years later. It had just about everything you can imagine including a golf course, aquarium, even a zoo with animals you’d typically find in the jungle. It’s often cited as a classic example of what it is to live in luxury.
23rd century New York apartment in “The Fifth Element”
Cult classic “The Fifth Element” didn’t receive rave reviews from movie critics, but it did receive a handful of awards, including one for sound editing from the Academy in 1998. But what most people take away from the sci-fi flick was the apartment that was owned by lead character Korben Dallas, played by Bruce Willis. More than 8 million people live in New York City, so the apartment was quite small. Depicted in the future, though, the close quarters were sneakily sizeable, featuring a fridge that emerged out of the ground, retractable racks, a hidden shower unit, and bed that folded out of the wall.
Wayne Manor in “Batman” franchise
Bruce Wayne has been played by many people over the years, including Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and more recently Christian Bale. Ben Affleck will be the latest “Dark Knight” when he plays the title role in the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” But in each of these films has been the luxurious Wayne Manor. On the rare occasion Wayne isn’t serving the people of Gotham, he spends his time in more of a palace than a house, teeming with reception halls, bedrooms, ballrooms, and, of course, the Batcave.
Ralphie’s house in “A Christmas Story”
To quote the Christmas classic “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” so homes almost serve as characters themselves in holiday films. Perhaps none is more memorable, however, than the one Ralphie and his family live in in the 1983 must-watch “A Christmas Story.” Dubbed the “Best heartwarming home” by HouseLogic, who can forget the scene where Ralphie’s dad admires the Leg Lamp from outside his home window while his wife cringes? Today, that Cleveland, Ohio house located on Tremont Street is a major tourist attraction.
These are but a small sample of some of the more memorable abodes at the box office. We’ll have to see what more are in store when watching Hollywood’s latest releases from the comfort of home.