Movies and TV, Travel

The Movified Life

Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in “Breathless” (1960), courtesy of Les Productions Georges de Beauregard

There is something about travel that makes me want to live more beautifully – to adorn myself in personality-pulsing styles like women on New York subways or cover my dining table in bulbs like the cafe counters of Belgium. Vivid movies and books have the very same effect as jet-setting travels, and there are times I wish I could just live in the worlds of my favorite stories. For this reason, I was delighted to discover the Living In series on Design Sponge. It is an online column that provides design inspiration from a different film each week, and I’ve decided to draw upon my favorite posts for this weekend’s movie recommendations…

  • “Breathless” (1960) – Watching this Jean-Luc Godard classic will not only make you feel smart and cultured, but it will dazzle your eyes with chic French imagery. Thanks to everything from the croissants to the chair, the “Breathless” Living In post is my favorite.
  • “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964) – For a more colorful French flick, this musical will have you singing and plotting to wallpaper your home. Watch “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” if you’re in the mood for Technicolor and the sensation that you’re experiencing something like none other.
  • “Harold and Maude” (1971) – Zany, vibrant and a quick watch of just 91 minutes, this love story about a young boy and an elderly woman will make you want to drive a hearse and play the banjo. How can anyone resist these bold combinations?
  • “Beetle Juice” (1988) – If you’re in the mood for surreal landscapes, a bevy of black-and-white stripes and a humorous yet spooky take on the afterlife, Tim Burton’s “Beetle Juice” is just the ticket. I simply adore that Design Sponge did a piece on this, because it is in no way the typical movie you’d want to find yourself living in.
  • “Groundhog Day” (1993) – For a season-appropriate comedy filled with images of diners and country inns, watch or re-watch Bill Murray in one of his best flicks. Following the movie’s inspiration board, I say ditch the popcorn and indulge in doughnuts and coffee while viewing.

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  • Reply Annette February 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I loved the “Breathless” movie photos from the site you referenced. I will have to add this to my movie list. Black and white makes things more romantic maybe.

  • Reply Kyle Smith February 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I want to live in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg!

  • Reply J. R. Coté February 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Definitely see “Breathless,” Annette. Be prepared for its moral gray areas and weirdness due to the fact that it’s French and from the ’60s, but just bask in the beautiful images…Oh, and I completely agree with you about “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” Kyle. Knew you’d like that one.

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