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‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Truman Show’? Here Are the Films that Inspired the 2014 AFI Filmmakers

'Citizen Kane,' 'Blade Runner' and 'The Truman Show'? Here Are the Films that Inspired the 2014 AFI Filmmakers

In advance of the 2014 AFI Fest, we sent out a questionnaire to filmmakers with films in competition asking them a variety of questions about their projects. We also asked them if any films inspire them. It’s no surprise to see “Citizen Kane” and films by Lars von Trier, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese and Gus van Sant make the list. But there were some surprising picks including “The Truman Show” and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” featuring Gene Wilder as a deaf man and Richard Pryor as a blind man. See the full list of responses below:

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Here are the filmmakers’ responses:

“Lee Chang-dong’s films inspire me. Among American filmmakers, I respect the works of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Paul Thomas Anderson.” –  Park Jung-Bum (“Alive”)

“The Pink Panther,” “Citizen Kane,” “Titicut Follies,” “Don’t Look Back,” “Day for Night.” – Nick Broomfield (“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”)

“Dogville” by Lars von Trier, “Bully, Ken Park” by Larry Clark, “Elephant” by Gus van Sant, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” by Cristian Munjiu, “Un prophete” by Jacques Audiard, “Gomorra” by Matteo Gorrone, “Irreversible” by Gaspar Noe, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” by Milos Forman. – Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s (“The Tribe”)

“Too many to mention. For the writing of ‘Blind’ I revisited ‘Providence’ by Alain Resnais, but also ‘See No Evil, Hear No Evil’ by Arthur Hiller to remind me of the (huge) comic potential of blindness. I realized Gene Wilder as deaf had the funniest scenes, though Richard Pryor as blind does have the great moment where he shouts out on the subway: “I’m not white? Why didn’t anyone tell me!” Inspiring stuff.” – Eskil Vogt (“Blind”)

“No specific films. I like filmmakers who clearly have a voice. Who can only do as they do. I think about Kelly Reichardt. And closer to home Fien Troch. Or the bigger names: Bresson, Haneke, Béla Tarr… One truly inspirational film though: “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki.”- Bas Devos (“Violet”)

“Ermanno Olmi’s ‘I fidanzati’ has been an inspiration for the movie from the beginning. Of course they are completely different films, I don’t try to copy other filmmaker’s style, but we hoped to get a little bit back of the spirit of that movie into present day. Other movies about couples inspired us too, more in the intentions and goals that in specific references: “We won’t grow old together,” “Two for the road” or “Scenes from a marriage.” But you can’t imitate Pialat or Bergman, you are doomed to fail.”- Carlos Marques-Marcet (“10,000 Km”) 

“Here are some of so many: ‘A woman under the influence,’ John Cassavetes; ’12 Monkeys,’ Terry Gilliam; ‘Mulholland Drive,’ David Lynch; ‘The Tenant,’ Roman Polanski, ‘Blade Runner,’ Ridley Scott; ‘The Truman Show,’ Peter Weir; ‘Fantasia,’ Walt Disney; ‘The Decalogue,’ Krzyztof Kieslowski; ‘Eyes Wide Shut,’ Stanley Kubrick.” – Shira Geffen (“Self Made”)

“‘Waiting for Fidel’ by Michael Rubbo was an inspiration in that it showed how you can turn failure into a success. The filmmakers were attempting to get an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro but their inability to accomplish that goal made for a delightful and insightful film. Always need to have this play in your back pocket.”- Robert Kenner (“Merchants of Doubt”)

“‘Alan Clarke’s ‘Made in Britain’, Lindsay Anderson’s ‘O Lucky Man!’, Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’, Vincent Gallo’s ‘Buffalo ’66’, Rick Alverson’s ‘The Comedy’, Luis Bunuel’s ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeois’, Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Down by Law’, and most notably, James Nguyen’s ‘Birdemic’.” – Joel Potrykus (“Buzzard”)

“Specifically for ‘Faults,’ the three films I mention most as inspiration are ‘Dogtooth,’ ‘Fargo’ and ‘Punch-Drunk Love.’ I don’t know if those influences will read to audiences but maybe that’s for the best so that the film can just be what it is.” – Riley Stearns (“Faults”)

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