At this time of year, hunkering down with a good a film can seem like a much pleasanter idea than venturing outside. Nowadays, with streaming services, as well as all the regular channels, we tend to be spoilt for choice, and it’s not uncommon to spend half as much time as it takes to watch the film figuring out what to watch. As Christmas gets ever closer, there are so many classic films that many of us return to year after year.
The new infographic from BullionVault looks at a different take on classic movies, focusing on ‘Golden Moments on the Silver Screen’. The piece explores the motif of gold and its relation to the plot of some well-loved films, including The Italian Job and Gold Finger. In a wide range of films, gold is a pivotal part of the plot, often forming an item of treasure or desire that the central characters are searching for, as in films like The Maltese Falcon, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. While it also has the potential to be a sign of greed and extravagance, as in The Lavender Hill Mob and The Ten Commandments.
The infographic also uncovers some little-known trivia about these famous films, to help you impress your fellow film buffs over the festive season. For example, did you know that it was while she was visiting her then husband, Harrison Ford, on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark that Melissa Mathison began writing the storyline for E.T the Extra-Terrestrial with Steven Spielberg? Other titbits include that while the plot of Kelly’s Heroes may seem far-fetched, it was in fact based on the real story of renegade Nazis and American officers making off with hidden Nazi gold at the end of World War II… To find out more about these films, and to uncover which American film was one of the first to be filmed on location outside of the US, take a look at the infographic below.