While some movies need a wide-angle lens to showcase their panoramic views of Middle Earth or T. E. Lawrence’s Arabian desert vistas, others zoom in to focus on the most intimate scenes. Movies often feature glimpses of bedrooms during pivotal moments in characters’ stories or deliver a subtle commentary on their personalities. Some of Hollywood’s bedroom scenes have become iconic moments in film; others are played for a laugh. These scenes are some of the silver screen’s most memorable.
The majority of this intense horror film about possession and redemption takes place in the afflicted girl’s bedroom. Linda Blair got her big break in the movie and was one of the youngest Academy Award nominees in history for her work as Regan. Although it was made in 1973, the movie’s scenes of Regan’s head rotating to an inhuman angle, the girl floating above her bed and the infamous projectile pea soup are still considered high points of the horror genre.
The Green Mile
Originally by Stephen King, this supernatural drama follows the tragedy of gentle John Coffey, played by Michael Clarke Duncan, and the false accusations that send him to prison. Coffey has an immensely powerful gift for healing, and in one of the movie’s most memorable scenes, he uses his gift to heal the warden’s terminally ill wife as she lies on her deathbed.
Gone with the Wind
The classic 1939 movie had a sweeping scope, but two of its most heartrending scenes happen in quiet moments in bedrooms. After the tempestuous relationship between Rhett and Scarlett drives him away to England, he returns to find his wife expecting their second child. Instead of a joyous moment, it’s the start of a fight, and Scarlett takes a tumble after trying to attack him. Delirious with pain, she calls for him, but he never knows, leaving generations of viewers wondering how different things might have been if he’d heard her.
Scarlett survives, but gentle Melanie Wilkes isn’t as lucky. Weakened from labor, she calls for those she loves to share a few kind words before dying. Her death makes Scarlett realize the truth about her love for Rhett, giving him the opening to deliver one of Hollywood’s most famous parting lines.
The Princess Bride
Not all bedroom scenes are part of the story they tell. Although viewers see a young boy hearing a bedtime story, the real tale takes place between the book’s covers as his grandfather reads it. Initially, young Fred Savage’s character balks at hearing about the budding romance between Princess Buttercup and the Dread Pirate Roberts, but he’s eventually so captivated by the story that he asks to hear it again tomorrow.
Another bedtime story scene has become a new favorite for animated film lovers. Grouchy Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, never expected to have three orphaned girls sharing a home with him. When the girls won’t go to sleep without a bedtime story, he reads them a finger-puppet book. For viewers, the scene’s a perfect mix of humor and heart that sets the tone for the rest of the movie.
What Does It All Mean?!
Bedrooms in Hollywood mean more than romance. They open a window on characters’ personal lives and reveal a glimpse of who they truly are. So get your mind out of the gutter, and learn to really “see” a movie!