In high society (or any fancy mansion), you can expect elegance and nifty chandeliers that give light to the party, unless they are covered in cobwebs. Either way, chandeliers look cool, especially the big ones - but the bigger they are, the harder (and more thrilling) they fall.
The Falling Chandelier - Exactly as the name implies - this is a chandelier (or any dangling, overhead object) that, for whatever reason, falls. This can be used to bring a sudden (and possibly fatal) end to a party or show, or as a means for a hero to swash-buckle their way to confront the fleeing villain.
The photo above is none other than the famous chandelier from The Phantom of the Opera, one of the best (and still performed) examples of this trope.
There's one occurrence (and an almost one) between the Harry Potter films and books. Do yourself a favor: never, and I mean never, make a House Elf mad.
In Stardust, Tristan uses a chandelier to smash a human puppet and holds the rope, sending him crashing into the witch who's trying to eat his girlfriend's heart out.
Basically, if you enter a large room with a chandelier, don't be surprised if it comes down eventually. It's a fun action piece. It could be funny, too. Who doesn't like watching giant glass masses shatter all over the place (in a perfectly controlled environment, of course)?
Ever used The Falling Chandelier or other similar falling objects? Did it save the day or land someone in the hospital? What examples can you come up with?
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Skip to 1:15 for the example