Benches, a story through films

The bench in films is not just any piece of furniture: it witnesses the beginning or the end of a love story, is the sets of the greatest revelations or a place of profound inspiration. Ten films tell its story as a leading actor.

The bench is one of the most popular furnishing for film directors, photography directors and set designers, hence it is also the most used in film posters.

Not only because it facilitates frontal and lateral shooting during two-way dialogues - still the most common and effective narrative expedient for confessions and great revelations - but because it performs an allegorical function: the bench is the place for pause, reflection, awareness and finally confrontation.

The physical closeness of the characters, when seated next to each other, moves them to action, to open, confess, touch each other or even just share the silence. This is why the bench often turns into the key place of the film, often becoming its manifesto.

This examples, including cult films, arthouse films and independent productions, show it as a main character of scenes that have gone down in history. 


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