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Finding Sunglasses from Your Favorite Movie

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Looking cool in a movie usually requires wearing a slick pair of sunglasses, and Hollywood routinely calls upon sunglasses designers to create memorable pairs for the stars of major films. Invariably, if a character in a movie wears sunglasses, that character will be wearing sunglasses on the movie poster and even at the movie premiere that match the type of sunglasses worn in the movie.

Sometimes a designer is able to make sunglasses absolutely iconic in real life because of the personality and given to a character in a movie that transcends the entire story. The best example of this type of transcendence is in the series of "Matrix" movies, starring Keanu Reeves. Every major character in the film had a specific style of sunglasses created for his or her character.

Looking back on the films over a decade after the trilogy was originally released, it's hard to think of any of the characters without their signature sunglasses on. The black designer sunglasses worn by "Morpheus," played by Laurence Fishburne, didn't have anything but a pair of lenses and a nose bridge to keep them on the character's face. The sunglasses worn by "Neo," played by Keanu Reeves, had an incredibly unique shape to them that gave his character an edge.

bevy of recent films feature characters wearing sunglasses on the movie posters released for the films. Some recent movies with actors posing to look cool include "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walberg, where Denzel sports a pair of solid black designer sports sunglasses. Another recent film where the movie poster had a character looking smooth in a pair of sunglasses was "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman.

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The sunglasses worn by Freeman in the movie poster have become popular in the wake of similar futuristic films and feature a round shape with some cool leather side shields sitting on each ear piece. Tom Cruise also wears sunglasses in the movie (although not on the movie poster) that are a classic style of aviators.

One of the most famous instances ever (besides the Matrix) of an entire cast wearing sunglasses was 1992's "Reservoir Dogs," the landmark film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie is about a group of jewel thieves who believe one of their own is a traitor. Each character has a pair of sunglasses on in the official movie poster, and the DVD release even showcases the characters wearing their signature sunglasses.

For example, actor Tim Roth, who played Mr. Read, wore a pair of Ray-Ban RB 3016 Clubmaster sunglasses. This awesome pair of sunglasses evoked a style reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s when the "brow-line" sunglasses were so popular. This style features a thick frame line at the top of the lenses with the bottom of the lenses nearly devoid of any enclosure. Sometimes a pair of horizontal diamonds are situated at the outside, upper corners of the lenses.

Although product placement in movies can sometimes become an annoyance, that's usually not the case when it comes to sunglasses. Finding a new and trendy pair of sunglasses to wear is often simple just by going to the movies and looking at what the characters wear. Movie studios will often publicize what type of sunglasses a character wore in a film, so finding them is as simple as an internet search.

Whether a pair of sunglasses is a landmark design and becomes a worldwide phenomenon, like the sunglasses in "The Matrix" trilogy, or whether a pair just makes a character in a film look cool, sunglasses are an important part of Hollywood moviemaking. Sunglasses add depth and personality to a character, and add just as much to the wardrobe as any other article of clothing an actor might wear.


By : Upneet Kaur

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