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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    The fifth episode of Stranger Things season 4, set in 1986, features a fountain pen with a distinctive sloping end to the barrel and a Waterman-like cutout in the clip.

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    Later in the episode, the same pen won’t write (understandably) and the barrel reveals important information.

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    I started watching Gattaca, a 1997 film on Netflix starring Uma Thurman, Jude Law and Ethan Hawke. It's a future dystopia film and features art-deco locations and props, like Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin County Government Center, a Studebaker Avanti and appropriately enough, a Wahl Eversharp Skyline!







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    Snaps by iPhone of corner of TV screen.

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Carl Jung and Sabina Spielrein's fountain pens (the former a safety, perhaps?) and Sigmund Freud's dip pen in A Dangerous Method. The cigar, of course, is just a cigar.

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    The cigar, of course, is just a cigar.
    Are you sure?
    A cigar might is not the same thing depending if it's Freudian or Jungian analysis

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    The cigar, of course, is just a cigar.
    Are you sure?
    A cigar might is not the same thing depending if it's Freudian or Jungian analysis


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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    A dragon (voiced by Jane Fonda) with a fountain pen in Luck.

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    @catbert, that looks like a Jinhao 450

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    @catbert, that looks like a Jinhao 450
    I think the animators were going for an archetypal cigar-shaped pen and so was Jinhao. To my eye, the fictional pen has a more traditional vintage-Duofold-like section than the X450.

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    In Spencer, set at Sandringham from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day 1991, a fictional equerry, formerly a military officer, uses a Montblanc with a hooded nib and a gold cap. (Maybe a 72 or 74? The ink window isn't visible and the nib seems more exposed.) Perhaps the choice of a German pen was related to the German filming locations.

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    The actor Timothy Spall caps the pen very gingerly, releasing it into the cap then giving a slight twist to the piston knob as if to suggest a screw cap.

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Metal cap?

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Metal cap?
    Looks gold to me.

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    In King Charles III, the new king’s refusal to sign something …

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    … sets off events which force him to sign something else.

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    The pen gets flung aside in disgust, then used by several others. Maybe that influenced the choice of a relatively robust Waterman Hémisphère (looks like).

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    Note artful framing in the final shot. Pen geek cinematographer?

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Wings of Desire, the classic film by Wim Wenders, opens on a poem being written with a fountain pen:

    When the child was a child
    It walked with its arms swinging,
    wanted the brook to be a river,
    the river to be a torrent,
    and this puddle to be the sea.

    When the child was a child,
    it didn’t know that it was a child,
    everything was soulful,
    and all souls were one.

    When the child was a child,
    it had no opinion about anything,
    had no habits,
    it often sat cross-legged,
    took off running,
    had a cowlick in its hair,
    and made no faces when photographed.


    Since the pen point is moving, it's hard to get a close look. I assumed, given the film's German origin, it must be a Pelikan with a two-tone nib, but after considerable searching, I couldn't find a match.



    But I knew I'd seen the like, so I tried other makes, finally looking at Montblanc. I think that fits.



    It's a lovely film, if you enjoy artsy spooky stuff.

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    In Paul Schrader's film, The Card Counter, Oscar Isaac writes in a notebook using a fountain pen, likely one of these two. (It's an effort for me to get a screenshot, alas.)




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    In Look Who’s Back, Hitler arrives in 2014 Berlin and writes a book with the same title about his experiences, the filming of which becomes part of the film.

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