Last week was Oscar week, and we here at Kurk Sunglasses didn't want to be left out of it. What makes a good movie? Screenplay, direction, photography, acting, but also good costumes!
Don't you believe it? Do you think Indiana Jones would be the same without his hat, that Mary Poppins would have the same magic without her umbrella, or that Neo would look the same tough without his sunglasses? We don't think so here.
Sunglasses have proven to be central to the construction of some of the most striking characters in the cinema.
The cyber-punk aesthetic marked the 90's, as did Neo's entire journey in his fight against machines. Beyond the trilogy, which was revolutionary for the American cinema, Matrix brings us some philosophical questions valid until today, and the spectators left the movie theaters thinking, not only if they lived in the real world, but also in the striking glasses that the main characters used throughout the film.
These are probably the films with the most sunglasses in the history of the seventh art. According to the legend, the use of sunglasses in these films had a specific function, many of the characters were machines that could not demonstrate human characteristics, such as the blink of an eye, serving the glasses to hide these involuntary reflexes. However, the human characters also ended up using sunglasses in many scenes, creating iconic costumes.
"Say hello to my little friend!" If the name Tony Montana doesn't mean anything to you, it's because you've never seen one of the best interpretations of Al Pacino's career. Montana was a powerful drug dealer who settled in the city of Miami, and then built his illegal empire. In addition to many other features that make Al Pacino's character memorable, his sunglasses are undoubtedly part of what makes him so remarkable. What looked like futuristic glasses and an object that would only be used by the most extravagant, became synonymous with respect, calm, leadership and someone who is in control.
Tom Cruise is the star of this film, but she's not the only one. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a character played by Cruise, is an area force pilot who, in his own way, tries to prove that he is the best fighter pilot. It's one of the most striking films in the actor's career and his trademark is his sunglasses. In fact, the glasses were so successful that the brand that produced the model had a 40% increase in sales in the American market after the film was launched.
A masterpiece by Martin Scorsese, Taxi Driver tells the story of a New York's taxi driver who fights insomnia and becomes progressively more alienated from the world around him. Robert De Niro's timeless scene staring at his reflection in the mirror while repeating the phrase "Are you talkin' to me?" is in itself a landmark, but the appearance of De Niro's character with his disruptive haircut and military jacket, with his face covered by his sunglasses is possibly one of the most impactful images of the entire film.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS
The film tells the macabre story of Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) and their path to stardom as they leave a trail of blood behind. Harrelson's character, a cold, compassionate killer, wears the classic Teashade frame glasses throughout the film. This frame, much associated with the Hippie movement, became famous thanks to John Lenon, which makes the perfect antithesis of Mickey Knox, who is anything but pacifist.
A 2017 film featuring Jamie Foxx, John Hamm and Kevin Spacey, with the main character being young Baby, played by Ansel Egort, an expert driver of a gang of robbers. Baby likes to work while listening to music and wears his sunglasses. Baby's sunglasses are his work uniform, he doesn't drive without putting them on his face. Although he wears different glasses throughout the film, the image that stays in the memory of those who see him, is that of Baby driving with his black glasses, made en masse, with dark square lenses, while he peeps through his car window.
FERRIS BUELLER DAY OFF
We're talking about one of the most iconic movies of the '80s. Every teenager in that decade wanted to be Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick. Ferris is a smart young man who decides to skip school, accompanied by his friends, to walk around the city of Chicago in his red car and his sunglasses.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
Audrey Hepburn was one of the big stars of the Hollywood Golden Age. In this film she plays the role of Holly Golightly, a woman lost between futility, ambition and innocence that conquers the heart of writer Paul Varjak, with the help of her sunglasses that give her a mysterious and seductive air. Like the actress herself, the glasses she wears in this film were the epitaph of glamour, elegance and beauty.