Does Movie Dialogue Inspire You?
I recently picked up the pictured copy of the 1967 movie The Graduate, starring a young Dustin Hoffman and a somewhat older Anne Bancroft, for the princely sum of 99p. Of course I have seen the movie several times, and this fact sometimes prompts the following question from my friends:
“If you know how the movie ends, what was the point in buying it?”
It is a fair enough question, but one which is easily answered. Between us, my partner and I have hundreds of DVDs cluttering up the living room and bedroom. When writing, I can find great inspiration in simply listening to the dialogue of a good movie,regardless of the plot. If I’m stuck for ideas, I sometimes pop in a favourite film, just to listen to some darn good writing.
Movies from across the decades, such as The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Catch 22 and The Apartment , are as listenable to me as any music album. I’m sure that The Graduate will add to that list.
Does movie dialogue inspire you?
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