Nothing can be more motivating to a writer than seeing his or her life story being played out onscreen. It’s highly motivations. Therefore we bring you 6 films that every writer needs to see.
6. 2046 (2004)
Directed by one of Hong-Kong film industries greatest film directors Wong Kar-wai, 2046 revolves around the life of a science fiction writer and his unrequited love. There is a certain mystery element in the film involving a train that leaves for 2046 every once in a while. People who board that train (including our writer) are the ones who want to recapture lost memories. The film stars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung, Gong Li among others.
5. THE BOOK THIEF (2013)
Based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief is an American-German war drama film directed by Brian Percival. It stars Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Ben Schnetzer. Set during the Nazi regime, the film has got a rather intriguing narrator who calls himself ‘death’. He follows the life of a young girl who is adopted by a German family and she steal/borrows books to keep a Jewish refugee alive.
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4. THE HOURS (2002)
Based on Michael Cunningham’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours is a British-American drama film starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. It’s directed by Stephen Daldry. The story focuses on three women belonging to different generation and their lives that revolve around the novel ‘Mrs. Dalloway’. These women are Virginia Woolf in 1920s England struggling with the mental illness while trying to write the ‘Mrs. Dalloway’, Laura Brown an unhappy pregnant 1950s California housewife reading the book and Clarissa Vaughan (who resembles fictional Mrs. Dalloway) a New Yorker preparing an award party in 2001.
3. BEFORE SUNSET (2004)
Before Sunset is a part of the ‘Before’ series and a sequel to Before Sunrise (1995). Directed by Richard Linklater the film stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The story picks up where the two central characters had left each other in the preceding Before Sunrise. 9 years after sharing a passionate night roaming the streets of Vienna, the young American man meets the French woman again in Paris. Together they spent time conversing and reliving the past. This brilliant film had opened to great critical acclaim and 95% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011)
Directed by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris is an American romantic comedy fantasy starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams,Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody. It first premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was hailed universally with great praises for being one of Allen’s finest films. It’s a simple story of a successful American screenwriter who abhors his job and wants to settle in Paris with dreams of becoming a novelist. And while staying in Paris, trying to make up his mind, he manages to travel back in time each night at midnight.
1. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, SUNSET BLVD. (stylised onscreen name) was directed by Billy Wilder. The story revolves around a failed Hollywood screenwriter Holden who accidentally meet a forgotten Hollywood star Swanson and is bit by bit sucked into her absurd fantasy of making return to the silver screen. This film is a brilliant dissection of Hollywood’s “world of illusion”.
Upon its release in 1950, the film was praised by critics and audiences unanimously. Some of Swanson’s quotes like “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small!” is revered even today. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and that too in all four acting categories (and won three). Today ‘Sunset Boulevard’ is deemed classic and “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It ranks 12 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century.