Films With Windows

The Arts

I don’t like screenwriting guides. Most of them are bombastic and out of date, and they’re all obsessed with Hollywood blockbusters. Not so Your Screenplay Sucks! by William M. Akers, which, despite its hectoring tone, is rather good and has 100 simple rules for why your script isn’t working. The book’s lessons could equally be applied to many novels (although not all), so it’s worth checking out.
This set me thinking about films which give you a window to another world, in the sense that they make you want to visit and spend time there, even if that window reveals a frightening place.

So here’s a childhood list of films that took me through the window to another place and made me want to spend more time there after the film finished. All of the films below are dated now and require a certain amount of patience, but I stand by the choice. I would have picked Blade Runner, but I went on the set when it was filming, which rather ruined the magic. Nowadays, I’d pick Avatar, Lord Of The Rings, stuff like that.
Films With Windows
1. Barbarella
2. The Wicker Man
3. Witchfinder General
4. Rosemary’s Baby
5. The Mercenaries
6. Mysterious Island
7. Jason And The Argonauts
8. It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
9. The Great Race
10. Summer Holiday

Oh, and here’s the Witchfinder General at the dry cleaners, a parody from a kids’ TV show.
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One comment on “Films With Windows”

  1. Helen Martin says:

    No, at the clothing store, but it was very funny and I love the point-pointy-pointy-point that he has and the background music.

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