– Movie Monday – Celebrating the Bowler Hat –

The Bowler hat has been around since the 1850’s and has been gracing the big screen since its early beginnings. It’s a hard topped felt hat with a rounded crown originally designed to protect game-keepers from low branches while on horseback. The style gained quick popularity among the proletariat Americans (who call it a derby) and British in the 19th century and later worked its way onto the hat racks of the upper class internationally.

This hat is often associated with sophistication, worn by politicians like Churchill and leaders in the 20th century. In film however, the hat often symbolizes a glimmer of refinement in an otherwise uncivilized character or setting. From the classics to modern film, the Bowler is so popular in movies; it should have its own IMDB page. We’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 favorite bowler appearances:

1. A Clock Work Orange: The Bowler is worn – with immense effect – by the sociopath, Alex, and his crew in Stanley Kubrick’s famous adaptation of this story.alex-clockwork-orange

2. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): In this heist story with romantic undertones, the bowler is used with great success to create a diversion for a robbery. The final scenes features a slew of identically dressed accomplices strolling around a museum all topped with bowler hats.a73ff6fd41c60b8ab805fd86115d51cf

3. Cabaret: Bob Fosse loved to use bowler hats as a prop in his choreography. In the 1972 hit Cabaret, Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, looked fantastic in a bowler._83882601_liza

4. Goldfinger: Spectacular villain Oddjob not only looks terrifyingly dignified in a bowler, he also uses it as a guised weapon.  Oddjob_(Harold_Sakata)_-_Profile.jpg

5. A Dogs Life: Charlie Chaplin’s character, the Tramp, is almost always seen in his signature bowler. With all his fantastic films it’s hard to pick, but it’s harder to resist this picture.foto1big.jpg

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