Movies that inspired "Maxine"

by angrydougfilms | created - 21 May 2014 | updated - 21 May 2014 | Public

These are the movies that inspired me when writing "Maxine."

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1. Carnal Knowledge (1971)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and become friends in college.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margret

Votes: 13,814 | Gross: $28.62M

One of my favorite movies of all time. The production is very simple. Mike Nichols is a genius. The scene in "Maxine" where she and Paul argue about his lucky interview suit was heavily borrowed from the scene when Jack goes off on Ann Margret for spending too much time sleeping.

2. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

Votes: 55,400 | Gross: $36.14M

The apartment as sanctuary. In "Maxine" one character is unemployed, the other underemployed. When they're together in bed however, everything is OK, their problems disappear. My main male character's name is "Paul" based on Brando's character's name.

3. She's Gotta Have It (1986)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

79 Metascore

Story of a woman and her three lovers.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee

Votes: 15,282 | Gross: $7.14M

Mainly for the interaction amongst the characters and its production value. Spike Lee was one of my film school heroes.

4. Annie Hall (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

92 Metascore

Alvy Singer, a divorced Jewish comedian, reflects on his relationship with ex-lover Annie Hall, an aspiring nightclub singer, which ended abruptly just like his previous marriages.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Votes: 269,123 | Gross: $39.20M

Woody Allen is one of my favorite filmmakers. I love the way he puts his life on the screen and have it come out entertaining and relatable to what most people are going through.

5. Nashville (1975)

R | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

96 Metascore

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall

Votes: 27,146 | Gross: $14.82M

I'm not much on plot. When I make short films it's all about characters, setting and mood.

6. La Dolce Vita (1960)

Not Rated | 174 min | Comedy, Drama

95 Metascore

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering tabloid journalist living in Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 74,992 | Gross: $19.52M

The scene in "Maxine" where she addresses the camera and blows a kiss to it was heavily borrowed from Anita Eckberg's glamorous American actress character flirting with the paparazzi.

7. Maxine (2014)

19 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A man reminisces about an old flame as he prepares to leave his beloved NYC for a new life.

Director: Michael Manese | Stars: Mara Lee Gilbert, Oliver Burns

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