Influences on each film

Started by wilder, November 30, 2017, 02:59:02 PM

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Hard Eight

Feature Films
Atlantic City (1980)
Bob le flambeur (1956)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Midnight Run (1988)
Something Wild (1986)
Sunrise (1927)
They Drive By Night (1940)

Short Films
Cigarettes & Coffee (1993)

David Mamet

Boogie Nights

Feature Films
42nd Street (1933)
Casino (1995)
I Am Cuba (1964)
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Goodfellas (1990)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
The Merry Widow
Nashville (1975)
Putney Swope (1969)
Raging Bull (1980)
Singing' in the Rain (1952)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Amanda by Night (1981)
Exhausted: John C. Homes, The Real Story (1981)
The Jade Pussycat (1977)
John Holmes' films
On the Prowl - "On the Lookout" (1989)
The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976)

Short Films
The Dirk Diggler Story (1988)


Feature Films
2001: A Space Odyssey  (1968)
Network (1976)
Ordinary People (1980)
Quiz Show (?) (1994)
Short Cuts (1993)

Aimee Mann

Punch-Drunk Love

Feature Films
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Popeye (1980)
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
A Woman is a Woman (1961)

Buster Keaton
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
Jacques Tati

There Will Be Blood

Feature Films
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Days of Heaven (1978)
Giant (1956)
McCabe & Mrs. Mller (1971)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Shining (1980)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Wise Blood (1979)

Books etc.
1920's milkshake transcription
Oil! by Upton Sinclair

The Master

Feature Films
Baraka (1992)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Black Stallion (1979)
Dark Corner (1946)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Men Without Women (1930)
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)

Charles Laughton
Val Lewton

At Ease: Navy Men Of WWII
Dianetics in Limbo by Helen O'Brien
John O'Hara short stories
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Pacific War Diary 1942-1945: The Secret Diary of An American Sailor by James J Fahey

Duke Ellington - "Peer Gynt Suite"
Helen Forrest
Jo Stafford
Kitty Kallen
Radiohead - "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)"
Stravinsky - "Ebony Concerto"

Jason Robards' military stories

Influences on abandoned scenes
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
V by Thomas Pynchon

Inherent Vice

Feature Films
Airplane! (1980)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Candy (1968)
The Groove Tube (1974)
Journey Through the Past (1974)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Mondo Hollywood (1967)
The Naked Gun (1988)
North By Northwest (1959)
Repo Man (1984)
Top Secret! (1984)

"Adam-12" (1968-1975)
"Police Squad!" (1982)

Robby Müller
Robert Downey Sr.

Phantom Thread

Feature Films
Brief Encounter (1945)
Gaslight (1944)
I Know Where I'm Going! (1945)
Jane Eyre (1943)
Maytime in Mayfair (1949)
Rear Window (1954)
Rebecca (1940)
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Passionate Friends (1949)
The Uninvited (1944) (?)
Vertigo (1958)

Lewis Allen
David Lean
Max Ophüls

Laurence Olivier

Stories by
Charlotte Brontë
A Christmas Carol
Shirley Jackson
M.R. James (ghost stories)
Daphne du Maurier
Anya Seton
The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

Ben Webster jazz records
Billy Strayhorn
Glenn Gould's Bach recordings
Nelson Riddle
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Licorice Pizza

Feature Films
American Graffiti (1973)
The Apartment (1960)
Breezy (1973)
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Gloria (1980)
S.O.B. (1981)

Gary Goetzman's stories

Know I'm definitely missing some. Post below and I'll edit this.

There's a part in Elaine May's Mikey & Nicky (1976) that upon first viewing struck me as being super similar to the scene in Hard Eight when John won't let Sydney inside the motel room. To my knowledge, he never mentioned it, and I'd need to give it it a rewatch, but it felt like something he'd pay homage to.


Wow.  Great compilation. 

Some of the references are obvious ("I am Cuba" for the pool scene, "Goodfellas" for the opening of "Boogie Nights") others less so (at least for me).  ("2001" influenced "Magnolia"?)

Now all you have to do is notate each one!  ;)


Quote from: wilberfan on November 30, 2017, 03:06:53 PM
("2001" influenced "Magnolia"?)

Just the music cue when Frank T.J. Mackey comes on stage.


Should we distinguish between "influence" and "reference"?  And I'm serious about notating each entry...


If you (or anyone else) want to do the notating be my guest.


Quote from: wilder on November 30, 2017, 03:20:06 PM
Quote from: wilberfan on November 30, 2017, 03:06:53 PM
("2001" influenced "Magnolia"?)

Just the music cue when Frank T.J. Mackey comes on stage.

There is also a shot of a dying man in a white bed just when the music begins.


Just Withnail

It pretty funny how the first "ta-da!" of Also sprach Zarathustra comes as Phil Parma rather mundanely turns around in the living room.


Did Anderson ever explicitly note he was influenced by Days of Heaven while working on There Will Be Blood? The film certainly suggests its influence, particularly in that magic hour shot that pans across the labourers while Plainview is delivering his "let's talk about bread" speech.


I can't find an explicit source. I think it's assumed because he poached production designer Jack Fisk, who works with Malick and Lynch almost exclusively (Fisk was art director on Days of Heaven), and PT has a history of hiring people this way: his Hard Eight editor Barbara Tulliver had previously edited Mamet's movies Oleanna and Homicide, and Dylan Tichenor worked with Altman as an apprentice editor and assistant editor on Short Cuts and The Player before going on to edit PT's films.


The opening shot and sequence of There WillBe Blood always reminded me of the opening of 2001 with the apes scrating around in the desert.


Right...and then with the adoption of tools, everything changes...

I'm putting it.


Yeah that, the general wide desert shots and the   Penderecki esque music (which is more of a general Kubrick refetence).


Trying to remember the name of the porno that Jack and Rollergirl's limo ride is based off of. Any help?

Found it - Jamie Gillis' On the Prowl (1989)


Oh and the baptism scene in There Will Be Blood is visually similar to the duel scene in Barry Lyndon. Theres similar light spilling in through the window.