A fireplace brick or stone, has been the backdrop of many movies and songs. It is quite curious to see what genres you would usually find them in. Fireplaces can mean different things for different scenarios. Here are a few pop culture references that show the fireplace.
Christmas and Holidays
Where else can you picture a family drinking their eggnog and playing games during Christmas but in a living room with a furnace? During the holidays, where the weather is a bit chillier than the rest of the year, a fireplace of brick or stone creates a warmer atmosphere, literally and figuratively. You can’t take the chimney out of Christmas when that’s what Santa uses to enter a home.
Examples of these movies or songs that involve a fireplace are Frank Sinatra’s An Old Fashioned Christmas, Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Here Comes Christmas, the films The Santa Clause, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rise of the Guardians, and many more. A lot of TV shows also show kids helping Santa make his deliveries or their parents pretending to be Santa and eating the treats laid out for him.
Children’s Action and Horror Movies
Even though Home Alone is also a Christmas movie, it is one of the most action-filled films you watched as a child. It also features a fireplace in its scenes. Like Santa, the chimney is a mode of transportation. In Harry Potter, it is used to get Harry from the Weasley home to Diagon Alley.
It is another symbol of new terrain in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You can also find it in their song Over at the Frankenstein’s Place. Meanwhile, the hearth is the heart of the spirit in Monster House, making a play for words. The fireplace in these genres signifies new terrain and portals leading to it.
Due to the warmth brought by the fire, fireplaces are symbols of romance and steamy and passionate tension. In Beauty and the Beast, Belle tends to the Beast’s wounds. In the City of Angels, a more intimate scene happens. Hunchback of Notre Dame might put a darker spin to it while Frollo sings Hellfire to express his desire for Esmeralda. Songs of love and past loves have also featured the fireplace like Bob Dylan’s There’s a Flaw in My Flue or the famous My Blue Heaven sung by Doris Day, Gene Austin, and many more.
A fireplace can symbolize several things such as heat, transport, even body parts. No matter where it applies to, a furnace always intensifies a scene.