Any life changing films/books?

Can you think of any life-changing books or films that i should read/watch?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I wish I knew how old you are, because some of these are NOT for kids. Also, I tried to choose some others might not suggest.


    La Dolce Vita (dir. Fellini)

    Videodrome (dir. Cronenberg)---definitely R-rated

    Rashomon (dir. Kurosawa)

    Persona (dir. Bergman)

    Repulsion (Polanski)

    2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)

    Un Chien Andalou (Bunuel)

    Los Olvidados (Bunuel)

    Pixote (Babenco)

    Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Resnais)

    Sans Soleil (Marker)

    A Hard Day's Night (Lester)

    Point of Order (de Antonio)---uncut version

    Sweetie (Campion)

    The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)

    Network (Lumet)

    Alice's Restaurant (Penn)

    Safe (Haynes)

    Blue Velvet (Lynch)

    Titicut Follies (Wiseman)

    The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo)

    The Tenant (Polanski)

    Hud (Ritt)

    Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger)

    Performance (Cammell/Roeg)

    Eureka (Roeg)

    The Birds (Hitchcock)

    Psycho (Hitchcock)

    Vertigo (Hitchcock)

    Blue (Kieslowski)

    Weekend (Godard)

    Works of the Brothers Quay

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Hallstrom)

    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (Brakhage)---autopsy footage (yikes)

    Invocation of My Demon Brother (Anger)

    My Own Private Idaho (van Sant)

    Eraserhead (Lynch)

    Two Daughters (S. Ray)

    Bamboozled (S. Lee)

    River's Edge (T. Hunter)

    Wings of Desire (Wenders)

    Mauvais Sang (Carax)

    La Truite (Losey)

    Blow-Up (Antonioni)

    Three Women (Altman)

    Rushmore (W. Anderson)

    ... and some of the usual Orson Welles and Sergei Eisenstein films changed me, as I think they change everyone who aspires in some way to be a filmmaker.


    Moby-Dick (Melville)

    The Idiot (Dostoevsky)

    To the Lighthouse (V. Woolf)

    Pierre, or the Ambiguities (Melville)

    The Bostonians (H. James)

    The Ignorant Schoolmaster (Ranciere)

    Human, All Too Human (Nietzsche)---a good place to start with him

    Complete Poems (Whitman)

    Complete Essays (Emerson)

    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (McCullers)

    Memoirs of Hadrian (Yourcenar)

    The Book (Alan Watts)

    The Shock Doctrine (Naomi Klein)

    Death in Venice (T. Mann)

    The World Turned Upside Down (C. Hill)

    Poems (Paul Celan)

    Oscar Wilde (Richard Ellmann)

    Marshall McLuhan (Phillip Marchand)

    Purity and Danger (Mary Douglas)

    A People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn)

    Lives of the Poets (Michael Schmidt)

    The Crying of Lot 49 (Pynchon)

    Gravity's Rainbow (Pynchon)

    Skinny Legs and All (Tom Robbins)

    Ulysses (Joyce)

    The Society of the Spectacle (Debord)

    The Revolution of Everyday Life (Vaneigem)

    ... and so on. Sigh.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Movie: Firelight

    Book: The Reader, by Bernard Schlink

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Not really but I have learnt a lot from movies like Pursuit of Happyness, 500 days of Summer. Books like Celebrating Silence, How will cry when u die, etc

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  • 1 decade ago

    Movie: The Pianist

    Book: Bible

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  • 1 decade ago

    movie: man on fire

    book: the lovely bones

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  • me0w #
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Twilight and Pocahontas. :]

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