It’s said that there’s nothing original in film (or art, for that matter), that its DNA is a never-ending string of inspiration, a continuum of antecedents. Certainly, every person who creates can point to one piece of music, a particular film, or an unforgettable painting that set fire to their ambitions.
The Independent has published excerpts from Screen Epiphanies: Filmmakers on the Films that Inspired Them in which directors talk about the films that inspired them. The results are intriguing. For instance, Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) talks about how Coppola’s Vietnam War opera, Apocalypse Now, is inextricably linked to his relationship with his father, an RAF veteran.
What’s interesting is that this connection some of these directors have to a film is often borne of what was happening in their lives at the time.