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Not the chocolate kind of easter egg

Not all Easter eggs involve chocolate and gold foil. In film, it refers to hidden references only the eagle-eyed viewer will notice. Here are some of our faves


Glenn, is that you?

Long before Glenn Close played a man in Albert Nobbs, she dressed up as a bearded pirate in 1991 Peter Pan caper Hook. Her short appearance takes place on board the boat, when Hook discovers Close’s character to be traitor and orders him into the “Boo Box”, where the crew drop in scorpions. She makes a convincing man, although looks more like an out of season Santa than a pirate.


Frozen secrets

Frozen is a polarizing film: there are those who couldn’t care less about Disney’s 2013 hit and there are those who like to sing “LET IT GO! LET IT GO!” while vacuuming. If you’re the latter, this imgur post on the film’s hidden messages is for you. It brings together several surprises: Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled at Elsa’s coronation, references to Mary Poppins and 18th century artists, and a hidden Mickey Mouse.


Hitchcock’s cameos

Alfred Hitchcock was well known for making cameos in his own films, usually at the beginning so as not to distract the audience. In Dial M For Murder, he shows up in a school reunion photo; in The Birds he is seen leaving a pet shop walking two dogs; in Lifeboat he features in a newspaper advert. Helpfully, this YouTube montage brings together all of Hitchcock’s cameos.


Jack meets Deckard

After Ridley Scott had finished filming Blade Runner, the director came under pressure from investors to finish with an uplifting ending. He solved it by cutting in footage from the opening sequence of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, where a yellow VW winds through mountains. Not the ending you’re familiar with? That’s because it was for the original US cinema release.


Director love

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas like to give props to each other in their films. The long list of their celluloid back-scratching includes a hieroglyphic of R2-D2 and C-3PO from Star Wars popping up in Raiders Of The Lost Ark; a club named after Obi-Wan Kenobi in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom; and aliens from ET appearing in The Phantom Menace.

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