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Poets' Favorite Movies

Sarah Maclay

Some Favorite Films & Guilty Pleasures

I had fun putting this together. Most of these films have made really significant notches on my sense of what film can be, and represent moments of some kind of resonant cinematic epiphany that haunted me for weeks, or longer, or made me sort of wild with joy. Some are films that may not exactly push the edge of the envelope, but they are ones I just can't get enough of.  Most fall into both categories—both revelatory and addictive.

In lieu of commentary, I’m giving my e-space, instead, to more titles (forgive me). These films speak—marvelously, wondrously, gorgeously, strangely—for themselves.

Wings of Desire
The Conformist
Blue Velvet
Persona
Koyaanisqatsi
Paris, Texas
The Third Man
Chinatown
Manhattan
Dr. Strangelove
The Last Picture Show
Cries and Whispers
Blade Runner
Dreams (Akira Kurosawa)
Annie Hall
Run, Lola, Run
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Raging Bull
Woman in the Dunes
Rashoman
Charade
Diva
Last Tango in Paris
Stranger than Paradise
My Dinner with André
Dr. Zhivago
Beckett on Film
Romeo & Juliet (Zeffirelli)
Days of Heaven
Stroszek
Apocalypse Now
North by Northwest
The Graduate
Nosferatu: The Vampyre/Phantom der Nacht
Vertigo
Amarcord
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
sex, lies and videotape
American Beauty
The Piano
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Fanny and Alexander
Orlando
Frida


 Sarah Maclay’s debut full-length, Whore, won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, and she received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXI. Her poems, reviews and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, FIELD, Ploughshares, Pool, Solo, lyric, The Writer’s Chronicle, ZYZZYVA, Hotel Amerika, The Laurel Review and many other publications including Poetry International, where she serves as book review editor. The White Bride, a collection of prose poems, is forthcoming from University of Tampa Press. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University.

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