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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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FourWalls wrote on June 2, 2015, 11:56 PM

Not always. There are memorable lines from movies that I quote, but as for "inspiring me," I'd say usually not.

Interestingly enough, "The Graduate," the movie you recently purchased, is one of those movies I just don't "get." Maybe I have to think about it in the context of when it came out, but I just don't think it's that good a movie. The Simon & Garfunkel songs are killer, though!

Ruby3881 wrote on June 3, 2015, 12:25 AM

I can't say I've ever used movie dialogue this way, but I can see why it would inspire you! Good dialogue is worth listening to again and again.

CalmGemini wrote on June 3, 2015, 5:54 AM

I like hearing movie dialogues.I do not think they inspire me .May be I should check it out.