Weather is often a feature in its own right at the cinema. A violent storm is the classic device used heighten drama: it adds tension to a horror film or drives the heroic couple to seek shelter in the mansion or castle of fear. It's the portent of impending doom in many films, not just the horror genre. Strangely whilst thinking about this topic, I haven't come up with any cinematic examples involving good weather. Can you?
Imagine a world of film without weather. Frankenstein's monster would have remained lifeless in the laboratory and Count Dracula wouldn't have found his fresh victim. Dorothy would never have been whisked off via a tornado to the land of Oz, nor would she have wistfully sung Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It also means Twister's apparatus - used to measure what happens in a tornado - would have been anonymous rather than bearing her name.
Neither the attendees at Monsoon Wedding nor Gene Kelly would have turned the misery of rain into a celebration. Then without Singing in in the Rain we'd have missed out on one of Morecambe and Wise's classic sketches. I would never have been reminded of the painting Les Parapluis whilst watching Hitchcock's The Secret Agent, nor would I have marvelled at what penguins do in the winter in order to survive. And it would never have been Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, my favourite film title of last year.
Cinema would be a much duller place as a result. What's your favourite film featuring the weather in some way?
And how's the weather with you today?
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