It’s not unusual to ask people if there was a book that changed their lives, but it’s not common to ask the same question about a movie. Why not?
Literature is about books. Books are what we make our children study in school; movies are what they watch on weekends to have fun. Okay, we do offer courses in film, but these are offered in college for the most part, after we’ve been grounded in the more fundamental art form of “real” literature.
And when movies are made from books, it’s assumed you should read the book first. Then it’s common to hear people say they are disappointed by the movie (“The book was so much better!”).
We surely admire our movies and the people who make them. Yet I think there’s also a certain prejudice against movies, a belief that they are lower art forms compared with books.
Whether movies are lower art forms might be answered in part by this question: Has a movie ever changed your life? If so, what was the movie and how did it change you?
To kick things off, I’ll go first.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” changed my life. I saw it when it came out in the ‘70s, while I was a young man. It shook me to the core. And it has affected my behavior ever since. Because of McMurphy’s tragic error of underestimating his adversary in Nurse Ratched, I choose my battles carefully. When I do fight, which isn’t often, I arm myself with enough knowledge and tools to make sure I win. (Well, for the most part.)
So… has a movie affected what you have done? Inspired you to live somewhere? Caused you to take up a career? Led you to the love of your life? I’d love to hear. Just click on the Comments link below. (If you’re reading this as an email, click here and you'll connect to Comments).