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Picnics in movies

BY AYE OSTERTAG
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10/9/2018

What better way to find inspiration for a picnic than movies? This is a short list we came out with movies that we love and include a picnic scene in them.

The Sound of Music 1965


 

Maria (Julie Andrews), the wonderful governess takes the von Trapp kids on a day trip to the Alps (lucky kids!). They have a picnic with food and games with a beautiful view, and after that they start singing Do-Re-Mi all together. It’s one of the most iconic scenes in cinema’s history and the reason why you started to love picnics as a child.


Maria Antoinette 2006


This movie is hipster heaven: Sofia Coppola directing Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman, with the Palace of Versailles as a backdrop and a phenomenal soundtrack that includes The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Strokes. Even though this movie doesn’t have a picnic scene per-se, Marie Antoinette and her royal friends can be seen picking strawberries, getting fresh eggs, drinking fresh milk and seating at the grass to read some Rousseau (Oh! the sweet royal life!). They also enjoy a lot of outdoor activities like floating in a canoe, rolling on the grass, and all kind of super fun royal activities we all mortals can do.

UP 2009


Carl and Ellie’s relationship was introduced to us in a short but beautiful scene that includes a romantic picnic with the new couple finding shapes in clouds. We learn about Carl and Ellie’s life together and their life long dream of going to the Paradise Falls. This is one of the most wonderful and heartbreaking scenes of all time. If you haven’t watch UP, go right now! Watch it with your kids or maybe by yourself because you WILL cry.


Moonrise Kingdom 2012


Wes Anderson is one of the most celebrated movie directors of our generation. His unique style is recognizable from a mile away. Obsessed with specific color palettes for each movie, perfect symmetry and amazing soundtrack he’s one of the best directors out there right now. Moonrise Kingdom, his seventh movie tells the story of Sam and Suzy, a young (very young) couple that run away together and mobilize an entire town to find them. Even though they’re camping out and not really picnicking, this movie gave us a lot of ideas for a Wes Anderson inspired picnic. Books, record player (only if you’re in a desert island!), binoculars, and a pastel-color blanket. Extra points if you bring a kitty cat and a yellow suitcase instead of a basket.

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