Ten Surprising Facts About 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

September 9, 2014 12:26 PM

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Ten Surprising Facts About 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Cinema’s most famous handgun (and its least subtle phallic symbol) is one of best examples of a movie object that is an extension of a movie character. The gun teaches us more about Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan than any line in the five films in which he appears. Although he is a police officer in the 1970s, and not a sheriff in the 1880s, Callahan is in essence one of those classic movie gunslingers who talk with their pistols instead of their mouths. Though usually laconic, he becomes positively verbose when talking about his favorite weapon. As Callahan says, this isn’t just a gun. “This is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off…”

The Coca-Cola Bottle in “The Gods Must Be Crazy” This is a brilliant example of the way movies can make us look again at objects we see every day. In the South African comedy "The Gods Must Be Crazy," a discarded Coke bottle is discovered by a Kalahari bushman. The glass bottle is so astonishing to ...

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