When you’re feeling nostalgic, there’s nothing better than settling down with one of the best coming of age movies.
From 80s favourites to relatable films of recent years, we’ve put together the perfect list for a film day!
1) Clueless (1995)
This star-studded 90s hit is inspired by Jane Austen classic Emma. Telling the coming of age story of Cher Horowitz, Clueless follows a popular, rich High School student in Beverly Hills. When transfer student Tai joins the school, Cher takes the newcomer under her wing and sets out to give her a makeover. But as time goes on, Cher realizes that she herself may be the one who needs a makeover after all. One that reshapes how she sees the world and treats others.
2) Booksmart (2019)
One of the best new coming of age movies, Booksmart has been hailed the long-awaited ‘female version of Superbad’, and it’s easy to see why. This hilarious hit follows bookworm best friends, Amy and Molly. On the eve of their graduation, the girls realize they should have worked less and played more during high school. Aiming to fit four years worth of fun into one eventful night, this coming of age film will make you laugh out loud and shed a few tears.
3) Stand By Me (1986)
Without a doubt one of the best coming of age movies ever made, Stand By Me takes us back to the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon. This heartwarming, hilarious and moving tale brings Stephen King’s coming of age story The Body to life. A nostalgic tale of childhood freedom and adventure, the film follows four friends and their loss of their innocence as they embark on a life-changing search for a missing body.
4) Grease (1978)
When it comes to coming of age films, all-singing, all-dancing Grease is a hard one to beat. Bringing back the fashion and music of the late 1950s, this timeless musical is one of our all time favourites. The story follows bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko and sweet Australian Sandy Olsson, as they rekindle their summer romance amidst the social hierarchies and cliques of school. From the Pink Ladies to the T-Birds, it’s a tough world in the corridors of an american high school!
This Golden Globe-winning film had to be on our list of the best coming of age movies. One of the newer films on our list, Lady Bird is a heartwarming coming of age story with a mother-daughter bond at its heart. Set in 2002 in the scenic suburbs of Sacramento, Lady Bird tells the witty tale of Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a Catholic high school senior longing for adventure and escape. This is a fantastic film about growing up and discovering the comforts of home.
6) The Breakfast Club (1985)
The 80s was a good time for coming of age movies! And undoubtedly one of the very best is The Breakfast Club. This timeless cult classic tells the story of five high school students who meet in Saturday detention. Though they never normally cross paths, as the hours pass by the group discover that they more in common than they thought. As Andrew puts it, “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”
7) An Education (2009)
One of our favourite coming of age stories is An Education, starring the UK’s very own Carey Mulligan. Set in the 1960s in suburban London, this fascinating film is inspired by a true story. Following sixteen year old Jenny, who dreams of being accepted into Oxford on her father’s wishes, Jenny’s life changes when she’s swept off her feet by David, an older man who introduces her to music, culture and a different way of life. However, as time goes on, Jenny learns that David might not be who she thought he was.
8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Adapted from the book of the same title, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, an introverted high school student who is taken under the wings of two carefree seniors. A funny, moving and relatable coming of age film, this memorable story deals with first love, friendship, mental illness and the trials and tribulations of being thrown into the real world. With a fantastic soundtrack featuring David Bowie, this is one we think will stand the test of time!
9) The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Bringing Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same title to life, The Virgin Suicides is directed by Sofia Coppola, whose films are known for their dreamlike cinematography. The whimsical feel of this coming of age film fits perfectly with the coming of age story of the mysterious Lisbon sisters. Set in 1970s surburbia, this harrowing story follows a group of male friends who obsess over the girls and watch how their mundane, sheltered lives spiral towards teenage rebellion, romantic fantasies and fatal tragedy.
Love, Simon is one of the best coming of age movies to grace cinema screens over the last few years. The film tells the story of Simon Spier as he develops an online connection with a boy known as ‘Blue’. The boys confide in each other by email about their sexuality, which they’ve been keeping secret from their family and friends. Soon, Simon begins to wonder who ‘Blue’ could be, and sets out to uncover his identity, discovering more about himself along the way.
11) Superbad (2007)
It may have been made in the noughties, but Superbad is still one of the most hilarious and best coming of age movies to date. One of our favourite feel-good films, Superbad follows Seth and Evan during the last few weeks of high school. The witty duo are usually mocked by the cool kids, but manage to bag an invite to a party. As the night draws closer, the pair set out to stock up on alcohol and plot to lose their virginity before college. With McLovin’ and two slow policemen tagging along, it’s safe to say things run less than smoothly along the way!
Jim’s dad, what a guy. Always ready to take on every parenting situation with gusto and a sage bit of advice.
In the first American Pie, Jim listens to his dad’s life experiences cringing but, by the end of the franchise he realises his dad’s wise words have helped shape who he is, and it’s all “perfectly normal”.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When big Forest learns little Forest is his son and the first thing he asks is “Is he smart?”. Pass us the tissues.
Sonny – Big Daddy
Another Sandler special now, this time with fewer tears and more laughs. A real feel-good film, Big Daddy watches one man become a responsible father against all the odds.
Raising 5-year-old orphan, Julian, as his own, Sandler imparts all his wisdom and some of his worst habits onto the child. Along the way turning his, and Julian’s lives around.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sandler teaches the kid how to apply a sleeper hold.
Essential parenting 101 if you ask us
Marlin – Finding Nemo
It’s not every father that would take on three sharks, ride sea turtles, swim through an army of jellyfish and get swallowed by a whale to find their son, but it didn’t stop Marlin.
This Pixar sensation showcases the struggles every parent faces when it comes to safeguarding their kids.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: Marlin’s desperation to tell Nemo how old sea turtles are whilst stuck inside a whale.
George Banks – Mary Poppins
Now we know George Banks in Mary Poppins isn’t the most popular father figure, but he’s got a few things going for him.
He obviously provides well for his family, I mean check out that swanky London manor house on Cherry Tree Lane, and of course he loves to fly a kite, what more could you need from your dad?
Our favourite daddy movie moment: Convincing himself, and his wife, that he successfully hired the greatest a nanny of all time when in actual fact Mary Poppins simply hired herself.
Brad – Daddy’s Home
Stepparents usually get a bad rep in movies, but Daddy’s Home turns all that around, making Brad (Will Ferrell) the responsible, “boring” stepdad the hero in the end.
Trying to live up to his wife’s ex, played by Mark Walberg to win the kids approval, Brad falls hard and often with some hilarious consequences.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: The motorcycle scene where Ferrell almost runs over the kids, ends up lodged in a wall and Wahlberg uses it the whole thing as a teachable moment.
Bernie Focker – Meet the Fockers
The sequel to Meet the Parents introduces us to Greg’s parents and we simply adore Bernie Focker as a father.
Believing in showering his son with as much love as possible, Bernie is the total opposite to Pam’s father Jack and we couldn’t love him more for it.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: Trying to up his macho, for Greg’s sake, Bernie tackles Jack in a family football game almost breaking his back. The victory dance is what really makes this scene pop.
Nigel Powers – Austin Powers: Gold Member
Michael Cane really is the daddy of all British actors and, when he made an appearance as Powers’ dad, Nigel in Gold Member, we were ready for some cinematic gold.
Throughout the film, the daddy movie moments come in thick and fast, from Austin’s obvious rivalry with his dashing dad to the cockney rhyming convo the pair have during Nigel’s rescue.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Nigel reveals he is also Dr Evil’s father and that his real name is Douggie.
Georg von Trapp – Sound Of Music
Another pretty poor example of a father figure makes an appearance in Sound of Music, and if we’re honest we feel for the Von Trapp children and their sad excuse for childhoods.
The turnaround Georg Von Trapp makes from being, Cpt to father is astonishing, and all of it done with the help of a song and a wonderful woman.
Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cpt von Trapp picks up his guitar and belts out a heartfelt rendition of Edelweiss.
Don Corleone – The Godfather
The head of the family, the daddy of all daddy’s, Don Corleone has the final spot on our best daddy movie moments.
And why not he certainly earned it, building himself a criminal empire and inspiring fear in those he commanded he’s also responsible for some of the greatest daddy movie lines of all time.
Without a doubt some of the best news of 2019, James Corden took to social media today to announce that Gavin and Stacey will be returning with a long-awaited Christmas special!
Gavin and Stacey Quotes and Moments
The cosy British sitcom is one of our favourite feel-good shows, and to celebrate its upcoming return, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 memorable Gavin and Stacey quotes and hilarious moments.
1) “I have had some wines”
From her witty one-liners to bickering with Mick, Pam is one of the best characters in Gavin and Stacey. And when it comes to drinking wine, we can definitely relate. She wasn’t drunk, drunk. Just had some wines…
2) The OG Carpool Karaoke
Long before The Late Late Show brought the world carpool karaoke, James Corden took to the road as Smithy to belt out one of our favourite Christmas songs. This memorable Gavin and Stacey moment never fails to put a smile on our faces. Fingers crossed the next Gavin and Stacey Christmas special is just as good!
3) The Indian Takeway Dilemma
A scene that perfectly captures a British night in, we’ll never get tired of Smithy’s frustrations while ordering an Indian takeaway. Chicken bhuana, lamb bhuana, prawn bhuana, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan and nine poppadums…
“What is it about a group of people orderin’ an Indian or Chinese, that it’s somehow unexpectable to eat your own food that you order yourself?”.
4) Islands in the Stream
A scene that needs little introduction, never forget this iconic performance of Islands in the Stream. Is there a better duo than Nessa and Bryn? We don’t think so.
5) Mick’s Big TV appearance
A hilarious anti-climax and one of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes is from Mick’s appearance on TV. The Shipmans had popped open a bottle and invited round the neighbours for the big occasion…but it wasn’t quite what they’d been hoping for.
“It’s the last thing you expect to find when you come to work in the morning.”
6) Bryn Singing James Blunt
Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend…
7) Nessa as Father Christmas
Nessa as Father Christmas is another of our favourite Gavin and Stacey quotes and moments. Quick to shatter any dreams of luxury Christmas gifts, we’re sure the children of Barry are still recovering now.
“Oh. Oh. Oh.”
8) Smithy Being Dramatic
It’s safe to say that when it comes to drama, Smithy is the expert. From being heartbroken by Gavin’s honeymoon, to this memorable moment, Smithy was never one to look on the bright side…
9) Pam Getting Caught Out
After a panicking Pam pretended she was vegetarian, she found the lie very hard to keep up. One of our favourite Gavin and Stacey moments is Pam getting caught eating ham…to nobody’s surprise!
10) Smithy’s Big Entrance
Always one to make an entrance, another of the most memorable Gavin and Stacey moments is Smithy’s big entrance with his football chant. So good that even Mick and Pam join in!
11) Nessa and Smithy’s ‘Moment’
The unconventional love story of Nessa and Smithy is something we’re hoping will feature in this year’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas special. This adorably awkward ‘moment’ is one of our favourite scenes, and a testament to just how well James Corden and Ruth work together.
12) Smithy’s Wedding ‘Toast’
One of the best (and worst) wedding speeches to ever grace our TV screens. “I’d like to raise a toast“…*weeps on table*
13) Bryn’s Holiday T-Shirt
A prime example of why Uncle Bryn is so lovable. This well-rehearsed joke had “mixed reviews”.
14) Gavin Surprising Stacey
Back to where it all began with this heartwarming scene from the first episode of Gavin and Stacey. If Gavin hadn’t followed Stacey all the way back to Barry, where would we be now?
15) Pam Loving the Drama
Another relatable Pam moment and one of the most quoted Gavin and Stacey quotes. It’s safe to say that we’re this excited for the upcoming Gavin and Stacey Christmas special!
The movie Psycho is regularly voted among the most innovative, acclaimed and scariest movies ever made. Celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, Psycho is a tale of paranoia, voyeurism, violence and, of course, parental influences.
That said, here at Arthouse Hotel we love Psycho, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the immortal horror movie.
We’ve done our research, scared ourselves stupid, and started showering less and less and found 13 frightening facts about the movie Psycho.
1. Customary Cameos
Source: Wikimedia Commons
The Master of suspense was famous for making cameos in each of his movies, and Psycho was no exception.
Six minutes into the movie Psycho, the distinguished director can be seen wearing a white Stetson as Janet Leigh walks by.
That bathroom scene is one of the most famous and shocking scenes in cinema history. And yet, it was the lavatory that was making most of the headlines in 1960.
Strangely, Psycho was the first American movie to show a toilet on screen – and the first in which we hear a toilet being flushed.
That just shows how repressed America was back in the 50s and 60s.
3. Hitchcock Financed The Film
To say Paramount had cold feet regarding the movie is an understatement. And so, in order for Psycho to be made, Hitchcock financed the film and forgo his rather substantial director’s fee in exchange for 60% ownership.
Paramount’s loss was Hitchcock’s gain however, as Psycho earned over $32,000,000 on release – that’s $273,450,884.35 in today’s money.
Andy Warhol predicted the 21st Century media landscape, namely throwaway celebrities and Instagram – in the 1950s he exclaimed: ‘A picture means I know where I was every minute, that’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.’ Interestingly however, this month, some of Andy Warhol’s pictures are being displayed on the social media app he seemingly foresaw.
During the next two weeks, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are displaying a whole host of Andy Warhol’s pictures that seemingly document his life; a massive amount of 130,000 photographic negatives exist of the pop art extraordinaire.
So, we thought we’d show you some of the most intimate photos of Andy Warhol that have been shared on Instagram thus far.
The introductory photo uploaded by the foundation is arguably the best. This intimate image was captured in August 1979, with Andy Warhol opening his presents at his birthday party at Halston’s in Manhattan.
Warhol’s helicopter hat is a particular highlight as he looks engrossed in the book he is flicking through. Indeed, the woman dressed as a nurse surrounded by champagne in the background, epitomises the indulgent aesthetic of the 1970s.
Some of Andy Warhol’s pictures show him to be a New York Yankees fan, and this snap taken in July 1982 at Fire Island is no different. Here, Warhol looks straight down the camera as he looks to escape the Long Island sun.
Recognised as one of the most influential avant-garde filmmakers of his generation, a lot of Andy Warhol’s pictures see him holding a video camera. He once went as far as to say that, ‘when I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.’
Here, he’s captured holding a video camera at a restaurant in the summer of 1984. Wearing his signature black jumper, Warhol is immersed in whoever or whatever he is filming.
This picture is simply stunning. From his miserable expression to the word ‘experimental’ that seems to underline his face, this photograph perfectly explains who Andy Warhol was.
Photographed in 1981, this image exudes a boyish charm. Perched inside the cockpit of an airplane, Warhol couldn’t look more unhappy to be having his picture taken if he tried, however, the word ‘experimental’ meant that this polaroid would go on to define him.
Warhol reflected the banality of every day life in his work. This picture of him cleaning a sink, therefore, is extremely interesting.
Look at how the camera and mirror work in tandem to make it seem as though there are three people in the picture. One of the mirror images has even turned his back on the action.
Above everything else, this snapshot shows that Andy Warhol, one of the greatest creative minds the world has ever seen, had to clean the sink every now and then.
Celebrate Some of Andy Warhol’s Pictures at Arthouse Hotel
At Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by some of Warhol’s most famous creations, and some our most popular rooms celebrate his iconic and ground breaking artwork.
From the Famous For 15 Minutes suite to the Lips room, you can bask in the visual aesthetic of Warhol’s most famous pieces while enjoying the luxurious amenities our hotel has to offer.
Sleeping up to six guests, our Warhol rooms come equipped with large, comfy beds, flat-screen televisions and double whirlpool baths.
Arthouse Hotel is a stones throw away from some of Liverpool’s best bars and restaurants and, with spacious group accommodation, there’s no better place to stay in the city – so book your stay with us here or contact our helpful team on 0151 236 0166.
This summer, why not join us for a weekend away in Liverpool at Arthouse Hotel? Our movie-themed hotel is located in the heart of Liverpool nightlife, perfect for enjoying sunny beer gardens and Seel Street’s top bars and clubs.
To get you in the spirit for a summer stay in Liverpool, we thought we’d celebrate the season with some of the best summer movies of all time!
A Guide to the Best Summer Movies
1) Roman Holiday (1953)
A charming tale of summer romance, Roman Holiday had to be on our list of the best summer movies. Starring Hollywood sweetheart Audrey Hepburn opposite Gregory Peck, this romantic classic saw Hepburn pick up an Academy Award for her performance. The story follows Peck as reporter Joe Bradley and Hepburn as Ann, a royal princess exploring Rome on her own. This stylish summer movie may have been made in the 50s, but it’s safe to say its clever script and leading duo ensure it stands the test of time.
2) Jaws (1975)
Our list of the best summer movies wouldn’t be complete without Steven Spielberg’s most famous thriller, Jaws. Shot along the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the must-see summer blockbuster of 1975 became the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of Star Wars. The famous story follows a police chief, marine biologist and professional shark hunter as they hunt down New England’s notorious killer shark. Arguably the best bit of all, the spine tingling score compromises of just two alternating notes…duunnn dunnn…duuuunnnn duun.
3) To Catch a Thief (1955)
A sun-kissed Hitchock classic, To Catch a Thief stars the one and only Grace Kelly opposite the iconic Cary Grant. The alluring thriller takes audiences on a journey of suspense and romance alongside the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera. Without a doubt one of the best summer movies of all time, this slick and stylish Hitchcock gem tells the story of a retired jewel thief setting out to prove his innocence. Another 50s blockbuster that is just as captivating today.
4) Stand By Me (1986)
A coming-of-age comedy by Rob Reiner, Stand By Me brings Stephen King’s novella The Body to life. This heartwarming film showcases the genius of King’s work at its best. Dark, funny and moving, this nostalgic story is a true summer classic. Following the friendship of four boys from a small town in Oregon, viewers are taken on an unforgettable adventure in search of a dead body. With a star-studded cast featuring young River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, it doesn’t get much better than this 80s hit and its catchy, classic soundtrack.
5) The Parent Trap (1998)
Starring Lindsay Lohan (opposite Lindsay Lohan!) The Parent Trap is a family favourite when it comes the best summer movies of all time. The feel-good film features everything a summer film should do, from camping chaos to lakeside mischief. Telling the story of identical twins Annie and Hallie, this 90s comedy is a heartwarming tale for all ages with plenty of laughs along the way. Not forgetting, we’re a big fan of the soundtrack, which features the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun. It’s safe to say this childhood favourite is one to fondly revisit this summer.
6) Grease (1978)
It goes without saying that Grease is on our list of the best summer movies! The musical comedy starts with summer dreams ripped at the scenes as the holiday romance of Danny and Sandy comes to an end. And though heading back to school is usually a bit of a downer, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John keep the fun alive alongside an all-singing and all-dancing cast. One of the most timeless summer movies ever made, the 50s wardrobe, slicked back hair, infectious cast and unrivalled sountrack ensure that the magic of Grease never goes out of style.
Starring the one and only Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch is another of our favourite summer movies. The dazzling Hollywood classic brought audiences one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the breezy ‘Marilyn Moment’ on the subway grate. Directed by Billy Wilder, this classic romantic comedy follows the story of a faithful husband tempted by his beautiful neighbour…considering it’s Marilyn Monroe next door, we can’t say we blame him.
We love a frothy, feel-good summer movie as much as the next person…but you can’t go wrong with slasher blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer. The hit film has all the makings of the best summer movies; a Fourth of July setting, bonfire on the beach and a wardrobe of adorable 90s outfits. Pair that with a horrifying twist and you’ve got the perfect teen horror film. Not forgetting, the star-studded cast features Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Ryan Phillipe and Jennifer Love Hewitt. What more could you wish for?
9) Dirty Dancing (1987)
Have the time of your life this summer as you revisit (or if you’re watching for the first time, where have you been?!) 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. Starring Patrick Swayze opposite Jennifer Grey, this uplifting tale takes viewers back to the summer of 1963, as 17-year old Frances “Baby” Houseman vacations at an upscale resort and meets Johnny Castle, one of the resorts charming dance instructors. Featuring some of the most famous movie scenes ever made, the legacy of Dirty Dancing continues to live on today in stage shows, tribute nights and pop culture. Nobody puts baby in the corner!
10) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005)
One of the best summer movies of the early 2000s, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was adapted from the bestselling teen novels by Ann Brashares. The comedy-drama stars a young Blake Lively (pre-Gossip Girl fame!), Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel. This heartwarming story follows four best friends who go their separate ways over summer. Though they may be apart, the girls stay in touch by sending each other stories of their summers and a secondhand pair of jeans that fits each of the friends. This heartwarming story is one you may need some tissues for!
11) Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Set in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age drama based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same title. The hit film saw Timothee Chalamet skyrocket to fame and receive a nomination for Best Actor from the academy. The colourful cinematography and beautiful backdrop of Italian countryside makes this one of the best summer movies we’ve seen in recent years. Call Me By Your Name follows the blossoming romance between a seventeen-year-old student, Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver. Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning performances and accompanying soundtrack as you’re swept away by this romantic tale.
12) Mamma Mia (2008)
If you’re getting excited to go on holiday, Mamma Mia is just the movie for you. And with a hit sequel that followed, why not have a Mamma Mia marathon for a night of ABBA hits? With an A-list cast and sun-kissed location, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for the film’s lovable characters as they come together for a wedding in the Greek islands. This feel-good film is one of the best summer movies for a sing-song, so dancing queens should definitely give it a watch!
13) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
Starring a young Matt Damon alongside Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller following Tom Ripley, a young underachiever posing as a wealthy Princeton student. Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back spoiled playboy Dickie Greenleaf, by Greenleaf’s wealthy father. But this seemingly light story soon takes a dark turn with twists and turns guaranteed to leave you on the edge of your seat. Not forgetting, this stylish summer movie offers an array of chic summer wardrobe inspiration!
Enjoy a Summer Stay in Liverpool
Arthouse Hotel is a unique themed hotel, situated along dynamic Seel Street. This spectacular spot is inspired by timeless movies and pieces of art from throughout the years.
The perfect location for hosting a party or summer sleepover, Arthouse Hotel is home to spacious rooms and suites featuring fabulous amenities such as the Skyline Suite’s giant Roman bath and scenic outdoor terrace!
Unquestionably one of the world’s most renowned and influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his unique directorial style that earned him his ‘Master of Suspense’ title and paved the way for Hitchcock’s pioneering evolution of the thriller genre. One of his most famous films was of course The Birds, a disturbing tale of a pristine city woman who comes undone in a rustic northern California seaside town by an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of birds.
With shots framed to maximise the feeling of suspense and claustrophobia in his audience, this film has become one of the most eerie and terrifying in Hitchcock’s repertoire.
At Arthouse Hotel we are huge Hitchcock fans, which is why we’ve dedicated many of our rooms to the directing legend and one of the most popular is The Birds room.
To celebrate this classic we’ve decided to delve into the spooky facts and secrets that surround the filming of The Birds.
The title of the film and the plot came from the short story called The Birds written in 1952 by Du Maurier.
Hitchcock Was Inspired By a Spooky Incident He Saw in the Paper
In 1961, Hitchcock read a newspaper article about hordes of dead birds washing up onto the streets in the seaside California town of Capitola and a story about flocks of frenzied, dying birds flying into the windows of homes in Monterey Bay.
Leading Lady Tippi Hedren Had Never Acted Before
Hitchcock spotted her in a TV commercial for a diet drink during NBC’s Today show. He would eventually groom her into one of his classic icy blondes, choosing her clothes, hairstyle, and even her lipstick for her role as Melanie Daniels.
Hedren Met With Executives About a ‘Secret Film’ on Friday the 13th
She had several meetings with executives and an agent, with no one willing to divulge the director or film for which she was being considered. She was finally told it was Hitchcock and met with the director for dinner; they didn’t discuss the film, but rather food, travel and wine.
Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren | Source: Wikicommons
The Film is Full of Suspense But There is no Musical Score
Hitchcock hired his long time musical partner and favourite composer Bernard Herrmann for ‘The Birds,’ but he didn’t write a single piece of music for the film. Instead, Hitchcock wanted him to focus on sounds to make the entire film infinitely creepier by using the chirping and flapping of the birds’ wings just before they attacked.
The Bird Noises Were Made Using Electronic Sound Machines
They were created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala.
The Schoolhouse That Was Used For Filming Was Haunted
Tippi Hedren said the entire cast was spooked to be there, they had a feeling like it was full of people when it was completely empty. When Hitchcock was told about this, he was even more encouraged to film there.
Raw Meat and Fish Were Used to Attract The Birds
The actors often had ground meat or anchovies smeared on their hands and raw meat was hung from the cameras.
Not All of The Feathered Friends Were Real
Hammers with fake bird heads were used to peck through the wooden doors and give the effect of birds breaking through.
The Birds Were Fed a Mixture of Wheat and Whiskey
During filming the crew needed to keep the birds standing and flying for hours, so they were fed this combination to keep them going.
The Birds Were Not Allowed to be Released or Kept as Pets
Ray Berwick was head bird trainer on set and later admitted that the birds were too dangerous to be released after filming had finished as they had been trained to attack.
Live Birds Were Attached to Hedren’s Clothes During Filming
They were attached using long nylon threads so they couldn’t get away. It gave the scene more of a manic feel.
Hedren Really Slaps Doreen Lang who Played Her Hysterical Mother
Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.
The Post-Attack Makeup Was Too Horrifying for Hedren
She looked at herself in a mirror and had to go outside to throw up!
The Leading Lady was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots
On the last day of shooting, a bird clawed Hedren’s face just below her eye, and she broke down in tears.
One Scene Took Seven Days To Shoot
The intense scene where Hedren’s character is attacked in the attic was filmed over seven long days, even though it only runs about a minute on screen. Hedren has spoken often about how hard the harrowing scene was to film, Hitchcock insisted on having real trained gulls attack her.
Following This Scene Hedren Was Admitted to Hospital for a Week
She said it was the worst week of her life and took a physical and emotional toll on her well-being.
Hitchcock Was Known For Playing Sick Practical Jokes
Hedren’s daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming, it was an eerily accurate doll of her mother wearing a dress from The Birds and lying in a miniature coffin.
Hitchcock Had A Trick Up His Sleeve For When The Film Was Over
When audiences left the film’s UK premiere at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.
The Birds Created an Unending Terror for the Audience
The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock didn’t want the horror to end once the film was over.
Something Spooky Happened To Daphne Du Maurier’s Son
In May 2001, Du Maurier’s son reported that he and his wife were being terrorised by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.
It Was Voted the Seventh Scariest Film of All Time
In a poll carried out on the British public by Channel 5 and “The Times” in 2006.
The Birds Themed Hotel Room
If you’re a Hitchcock fan, why not book a stay in one of our eight different themed rooms, on a floor that is dedicated to this iconic director.
Sleeping between four and six guests, indulge in the luxury of a bygone era of cinema in our fabulously opulent hotel room dedicated to The Birds.
The Birds room at Arthouse Hotel is dark and decadent, transporting you into the mind of one of the world’s greatest filmmakers with a glorious image from the film, crushed velvet fixtures and luxurious unique features.
Arthouse Hotel is in a perfect location in the heart of Liverpool’s centre and just minutes walk to the vibrant and ever-growing nightlife. There is no better place for group accommodation that the Arthouse Hotel, especially if you love classic movies of the silver screen.
For some, high school (or secondary school as it’s known this side of the pond) is a terrifying prospect but, watching some of the best high school movies of all time can make it seem like a super exciting adventure.
But what, if anything, did these movies actually teach us?
We take a look at the top high school movies of our time, to see if they set us up for disappointment or actually delivered any worthwhile life lessons.
As we look forward to the prequel of Grease, a short four decades down the line from the first movie premiere, we wonder exactly what did the pupils and teachers of Rydell High teach us?
First, we learn that you can be 28 and still play an eighteen-year-old in American high school movies!
Olivia Newton-John was closer to thirty than twenty when filming began, but she certainly wasn’t the oldest. In fact, it was the actor that played Rizzo, Stockard Channing, who was 33 when filming began.
Secondly, Grease taught us that high school can change a person. Rather controversially telling us that giving in to peer pressure is the best and most fun way of getting through high school.
Well, aside from that we certainly get a glimpse of what to expect when it comes to high school hierarchy. Through this, we are shown how easy it is to manipulate those around you, enter three-way phone calls and well-placed candy canes.
But, the most important message that comes out of all those first-year social tortures is that it’s only a year and you have another few years in school to find out where you fit in.
A true ode to the 90s, Clueless gave us mere mortals an idea of what it was like to grow up Beverly Hills.
This modern high school movie classic was actually loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and shows us that even the best intentions can end with ghastly consequences.
Cher sees herself as a gifted matchmaker, who only has other’s best intentions at heart, but being forever focused on self-promotion, she loses sight of what real friendship and kindness is.
Clueless makes us understand that, whilst we all would like a friend like Cher, we need to follow our own judgement and not let others choose our paths for us.
The Breakfast Club
One of the greatest lessons ever taught in a high school movie can be learned by watching The Breakfast Club.
Set in day-long detention, a group of five are flung together, all from different social groups. A jock, a geek, a preppy girl, an outcast and a rebel begin to bond and share their experiences both at home and in school.
Playing truant by faking illness, Ferris has the time of his life, driving a fancy sports car and becoming a temporary rock star.
The message that this high school movie delivers is to seize the day, an important one that we all forget from time to time.
Never Been Kissed
Proof that life usually doesn’t get much better after high school, Never Been Kissed is a fantastic example of how unimportant social acceptance is in school when it comes to finding happiness and success in later life.
The story of Josie Grossy is heartbreaking and her high school experiences go on to shape and restrict her adult life.
Taking us along on the high school journey of a sheltered young girl, who faces serious issues at home as well as in school, Carrie gives us an understanding of a bully victim’s world and the hardships they face. When poor Carrie falls victim to a bully’s revenge, things take a turn for the worse and the whole town pays.
Carrie might be overkill, literally, but the message is simple, bullies are horrible human beings who always get their just desserts.
Bring It On
On a lighter and much cheerier note, Bring It On is one of those high school movies that helps celebrate the underdog and makes us want to be a cheerleader along the way.
At its heart, Bring It On celebrates honesty, integrity and a determination to do the right thing.
When lead character, Torrance, inherits the captainship of her school’s award-winning cheer squad, she realises her entire cheer-career has been a lie.
Our Marilyn Monroe themed hotel room is one of our most popular rooms at Arthouse Hotel. A true 1950s icon, fans are still enamored today by Marilyn Monroe’s timeless beauty and charisma.
Monroe was a pinup icon and went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. Long before the days of social media, the press were fixated on unraveling who she was and fans followed her every move.
But behind the scenes, Norma Jeane Mortenson was humble, shy and longed to start a family of her own. Though she’s best-remembered for her looks, Marilyn was also kind-hearted and politically engaged before her time.
So to celebrate the fascinating life of the world’s best-loved blonde bombshell, we’ve compiled a collection of our favourite ‘Marilyn moments’…
1) Marilyn loved to read literature
Marilyn Monroe owned an extensive library of literature and was an avid reader. Often photographed enjoying a good book, some of Monroe’s favourites included The Fall by Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
2) Marilyn Monroe was just a stage name
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Marilyn’s real name was Norma Jaeane Mortenson, as documented on her birth certificate. Ben Lyon, Head of New Talent at Fox Studios helped a young and ambitious Norma Jeane to create a stage name.
Lyon told her “you are to me a Marilyn” in reference to Marilyn Miller, a woman who starred in musicals in New York. When it came to choosing a last name, Norma opted for her grandmother’s last name, Monroe. And the rest is history!
3) Monroe loved to wear Chanel No.5
If you’ve ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe’s scent of choice was, look no further than Chanel’s first and most timeless perfume. In an interview in 1952, Marilyn Monroe said that she wore “five drops of Chanel No. 5” and nothing else in bed. “I don’t want to say nude,” she said, “but it’s the truth.”
4) She married her first husband at 16
Before the bright lights of Hollywood swept up a young Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe was born, James Dougherty married the pretty teenager when she was just 16.
“We decided to get married to prevent her from going back to a foster home,” Dougherty later said, “but we were in love. I never knew Marilyn Monroe, and I don’t claim to have any insights to her to this day,” Dougherty told United Press International in 1990. “I knew and loved Norma Jean.”
5) Marilyn was underpaid for her work
In comparison to her fellow leading ladies of the era, Marilyn Monroe was overworked and underpaid. Elizabeth Taylor was paid one million dollars for Cleopatra, while Monroe earned just $100,000 for Something’s Gotta Give. Jane Russell, Marilyn’s co-star in Gentleman Prefer Blondes was also paid over ten times the amount that Marilyn earned.
6) Marilyn married playwright Arthur Miller
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In 1956, Marilyn married playwright, author and screenwriter, Arthur Miller. The turbulent relationship proved controversial once in the public eye and many speculated that Miller was simply using Marilyn as his muse.
Though their relationship ended in heartache, Miller went on to write:
“She was a whirling light to me then, all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity that few retain past early adolescence.”
7) Marilyn opposed segregation laws
In the 1950s, segregation laws were still very much in force. This meant American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald struggled to reach the audience she needed to really launch her career.
Marilyn used her platform to help Ella land gigs around Los Angeles, promising management that she would sit in the front row of Ella’s shows for a week!
8) Monroe was definitely a dog person
Throughout her life, Marilyn owned several dogs. As a child, she had a dog called Tippy, and her last four-legged friend was Maf, a Maletese terrier gifted to her by none other than Frank Sinatra!
9) She entertained army troops
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In the February of 1954, thousands of troops gazed up at Marilyn Monroe, who illuminated the stage with ten shows during her visit to Korea. Ted Sherman, who served in the Navy during World War II and Korea, recalled: ‘The movie star was at her glamorous best when she performed ten USO shows in four days for U.S. soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors during the Korean War in early 1954.”
“It was a great evening for all the homesick guys who were dazzled by the movie star’s performance. The sight and sounds of Marilyn singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” is a memory I still cherish.”
10) Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio
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Marilyn Monroe and “Yankee Clipper” Joe DiMaggio shared a whirlwind romance, marrying in 1954 and splitting just nine months later. DiMaggio’s love for Monroe lasted far longer than their marriage survived. Remaining friends until the end, DiMaggio had roses delivered to Marilyn’s crypt three times a week for 20 years.
11) She was notorious for always being late
Nobody’s perfect…and when it came to time keeping, Marilyn’s was certainly an issue. The star was often known to be running late!
12) Marilyn was involved with the Kennedys
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Though the topic has been debated over the years, many believe that Marilyn Monroe had been romantically involved with both President John. F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert Kennedy.
One of Marilyn’s biographers, James Spada told People magazine, “it was clear Marilyn had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack. ”
13) Marilyn longed to have children
Sadly, Marilyn suffered several miscarriages during the life. But the star longed for children of her own. This was clear from the close relationships she maintained with her stepchildren from her marriages to Arthur Miller and Joe DiMaggio.
14) And she was very intelligent
Though the “blonde bombshell” stereotype seemed to coincide with being a “dumb blonde”, this was far from the case. Marilyn had an IQ of 168.
15) Hugh Hefner is buried next to her
Somewhat bizarrely, Playboy‘s founder Hugh Hefner bought the burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe in 1992. Starring on the cover of the first issue in 1953, Marilyn helped to shape Playboy into the publication that it became.
16) She struggled with her weight
Though her hourglass shape continues to inspire ladies to embrace their natural body shape, Marilyn’s weight fluctuated throughout her career. Her weight changed so dramatically during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that Beatrice Dawson, the costume designer for the film said: “I have two ulcers from this film, and they’re both monogrammed MM.”
17) Marilyn was close to Frank Sinatra
Hollywood duo Marilyn Monroe and crooning legend Frank Sinatra maintained a friendship over a number of years, with many stories detailing a close romance between the pair. Supposedly in 1961, Marilyn and Sinatra embarked on an intimate relationship, lasting several months.
James Kaplan’s account of their relationship claims that Sinatra asked Monroe to stay with him at his Lake Tahoe resort, in a final attempt to win over the actress and protect her from the darker sides to fame. It’s also thought that Sinatra expressed his desires to marry Marilyn, but she declined his proposal.
Following Marilyn’s death, Joe DiMaggio turned Sinatra away from her funeral. The former friends had become rivals, and many believe that Marilyn and Joe had rekindled their romance prior to her passing away.
18) She shared out her estate
Marilyn’s estate was valued at $1.6 million when she died in 1962. She left 75% of that estate to her acting coach, Lee Strasberg and 25% to her psychoanalyst, Dr. Marianne Kris. Marilyn also left a trust fun for her mother that was worth $5,000 a year.
19) Happy Birthday, Mr President
Need we say more? This iconic occasion saw Marilyn perform a breathy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for President John F Kennedy. Her controversial delivery and dazzling rhinestone dress sent the press into a frenzy!
Of course, this performance fuelled more rumours that Marilyn and JFK were having an affair. It was reported that Jack had told her he would leave his family, and Marilyn had said to her friend Jeanne Carmen, “Can’t you just see me as first lady?”.
20) Marilyn was a fan of yoga
Decades before doing yoga became an Instagram necessity, Monroe was a fan of doing yoga. She was taught by Bollywood film star Indra Devi, who also taught Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson.
21) She also enjoyed lifting weights!
Marilyn began to lift weights while she was on Catalina Island with her first husband. It’s said that she studied weightlifting with Howard Corrington, a former Olympic champion.
In 1952, Pageant magazine published a feature on Marilyn’s exercise routine and famous figure. Marilyn shared:
“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”
22) Candle in the Wind is about Marilyn
Elton John’s 1973 hit Candle in the Wind was inspired by Marilyn, and even references her birth name, Norma Jeane. The song empathises with Marilyn’s struggles, particularly the way in which the press harrassed her.
23) Marilyn’s house had been bugged
Following Marilyn’s death, actress Veronica Hamel bought Monroe’s former home. Supposedly, when Hamel was renovating the house she found a system of wire-taps. It was later confirmed by PI Fred Otash that Marilyn’s house had been bugged by the FBI and CIA…scary stuff indeed!
24) Britney Spears has Marilyn’s jeans
The original pop princess was given Marilyn Monroe’s jeans from River of No Return by Tommy Hilfiger, who purchased them for $37,000!
25) Lastly, the ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’….
Arguably the most famous ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ is this scene from The Seven Year Inch. The famous fluttering dress saw the phrase ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ become an iconic phrase through the decades!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the best Marilyn Monroe facts and moments from over the years. We’d love to have you come and stay in our Marilyn Monroe room at Arthouse Hotel.
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