I love old movies and movies about old things. Often, as I sit and watch these wonderful classics, usually alone, because no one else in my family has good taste in movies, I find myself noticing the landscape and the gardens used as settings. There are some great movies worth watching for the gardens alone. ‘Secret Garden’ goes without saying, whether you watch the original or any of the remakes, it is beautiful. ‘Edward Scissorhands’ is one movie I can watch and hardly notice Johnny Depp. ‘Grey Gardens’ shows what happens when gardens go bad.
‘Marie Antoinette’ shows the splendor of Versailles. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ or any Jane Austin book made into a movie will have fantastic scenery and along the same lines is any version of ‘Jane Eyre’. Then there is the vegetable garden in the movie ‘It’s Complicated’…they wired the tomatoes onto the plants to make it look so good.
And let’s not forget ‘Being There’ filmed on the breathtaking grounds of the Biltmore House. The list can go on and on: ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Room with a View’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ and even ‘The Godfather’ for its grapevines.
I can honestly say I have never watched the Academy Awards, but I might start if they ever give an Oscar for the best garden.