Friday, 9 July 2010

Top 5 uses of Sunglasses in Film

Hooray for the pub! A random conversation last week provided me with an almost fully formed top five for minimum effort. Sunglasses have the magic ability to make anyone look cooler than they really are and film directors have always capitalised on this.

1. Jake & Elwood wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers in “The Blues Brothers” - "It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses." The perfect start to one of the greatest road trips on celluloid.

2. The Terminator wearing Gargoyles in “The Terminator” – These are one pig-ugly set of specs that maybe only Schwarzenegger could get away with. A design that hasn’t stood the test of time but has become synonymous with the deadly killing machine that is the Terminator. By Terminator 2 Arnold had become a good guy and switched to wearing Oakleys.

3. Holly Golightly wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarers in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” - Audrey Hepburn wore an earlier style of Wayfarers in this 1961 romantic comedy. Effectively the same model as Jake and Elwood but a very different end result.

4. Boss Godfrey wearing mirrored shades in “Cool-Hand Luke” - Morgan Woodward plays Boss Godfrey, the silent prison guard known as the “man with no eyes” who impassively watched over Luke and his fellow inmates.

5. Mr Orange wearing Ray-Ban 3016 Clubmasters in “Reservoir Dogs” – Reservoir Dogs is one of my favourite films and Tim Roth plays one of my favourite characters in it. The Dogs wear a variety of good looking shades but Roth’s 3016s are the best. Maybe not as iconic as the other entries in this top five but a damn fine pair of specs.

So it seems Ray-Bans lead the way in memorable sunglasses or maybe they just have a very good product placement team. Thanks to this site for some of the details about the models.

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