Sunday, April 3, 2011

More Movies about Authors

I discovered (or remembered) some more movies about writers. Some of these are movies that one would not necessarily know are about writers. Some I've seen, some I haven't.
Possession (2002) - A pair of literary sleuths unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. This stars Gwyneth Paltrow, I don't think I've seen this one. Thanks to Anne at Learning to Juggle for this one.
Limitless (2011) - I had no idea this was about a writer. I saw it Wednesday. Wouldn't it be great if we could all write a book in 4 days (1st draft to final). Ha!!
The Shinning (1980 & 1997) - I completely forgot about this one (bad Stephen King fan!). Kubrick's and King's version obviously deal with a writer.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961) - This Ingmar Bergman classic documents 24 hours in the life of a family taking a holiday on the island. The daughter has recently returned from spending time in a mental institution, and her estranged father sees inspiration for a novel in her condition, though perhaps not to the benefit of her health.
Miss Potter (2006) - While today we regard Beatrix Potter’s cute animal tales with admiration as children’s classics, in her time she had to struggle against family, prejudices and unwilling publishers to find success, as you can see in this film.
Sideways (2004) - While wine is the main focus of this film, one of its main characters is a man frustrated and unable to get his seemingly very good novel published–something many writers can relate to.
Finding Forrester (2004) - This film explores the sometimes tumultuous relationship that develops between a teen writing prodigy and a reclusive author played by Sean Connery.

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