Variety's "The Movie That Changed My Life": 120 Celebrities Pick the Films that Made a Difference (for Better or Worse)

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In recent years, the editors of Variety have posed the same question to hundreds of famous personalities: “What is the movie that changed your life?” Gathered here for the first time are the responses of movie stars and comedians, politicians and war correspondents, athletes and business magnates, and many more.

We discover Candace Bushnell’s appreciation of Annie Hall, which she refashioned into Sex and the City; Sen. John McCain’s quote-laden adoration of Viva Zapata!; and ...

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Overview

In recent years, the editors of Variety have posed the same question to hundreds of famous personalities: “What is the movie that changed your life?” Gathered here for the first time are the responses of movie stars and comedians, politicians and war correspondents, athletes and business magnates, and many more.

We discover Candace Bushnell’s appreciation of Annie Hall, which she refashioned into Sex and the City; Sen. John McCain’s quote-laden adoration of Viva Zapata!; and journalists Tom Brokaw and Lawrence Wright’s disparate inspirations, His Gal Friday and All the President’s Men.

From Sarah Jessica Parker to Ralph Nader, Bill Maher to Jerry Rice, Donald Trump to Jesse Jackson, Danielle Steel to Gore Vidal, this fascinating and entertaining collection reveals the films that have left their mark on the individuals shaping our world.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Augusta Metro Spirit, 2/18/09
“Readers will get to hear fascinating stories concerning the effects of some of the more popular films to ever be displayed. Comedies, dramas, action and chick flicks all make an appearance to the delight of a diverse film palette…A sensitive narrative collection that offers a different view of the movies we watch, we collect, and we love…A treasure trove for the film fanatic.”

Deseret News, 3/1/09
“This collection shows the power film has to deeply influence careers, causes, dreams, attitudes and romantic sensibilities, shaping who we are and how we see ourselves.”

January, 3/5/09
“A fairly impossible book not to like in that it offers up something for everyone. Well, everyone who likes movies. And celebrities. It’s a good idea that has been well executed. I couldn’t put it down…Hofler doesn’t just plunk down their answers, but rather puts together brief profiles that places their choices for life-altering movies in context…Hofler’s book offers up a concise and vivid image of what goes on in the heart of contemporary celebrity. It’s a tremendously enjoyable book.”

InfoDad.com, 3/5/09
“Hofler’s book is fun, and it’s quite easy to read—each entry takes only a page or two, and there are plenty of illustrations from the films mentioned…Often entertaining in the way that minor movies can themselves be.”

Zink, March 2009
“120 truly intimate interviews…[A] fascinating collection.”

Los Angeles Times “Jacket Copy” book blog, 3/16/09
“The snippets of conversation are amusing, and for a casual movie viewer, a nice guide to some outstanding films of the past.”

Buffalo News, 3/8/09
“Interesting, very, very interesting.”

Tuscon Citizen, 3/18/09
“[A] fascinating book.”

Bookgasm.com, 3/16/09
“[Hofler] has assembled high-wattage responses by their professions, whether comedians, athletes, politicians or even fashion mavens…This kind of book is virtually critic-proof, as it does exactly what it says it will do."

Monsters and Critics, 3/23/09
“This fascinating and entertaining collection reveals the films that have left their mark on the individuals shaping our world.”

Skyscraper
, Spring 2009

“Hofler compiles engaging glimpses into the minds of sports stars, politicians, humorists, directors, musicians, journalists, writers, and other VIPs, finding out what motion pictures have had an impact, negative or positive, on their lives, their hopes, even their nightmares…What makes this collection of anecdotes, insights, and impressions so readable is the unexpected choices…Easy to skim through…Encapsulates what movies mean to everyone, celebrity or not, without belaboring the point, and recognizes all sorts of people, from opera directors to quarterbacks, can be disturbed, uplifted or transformed by the silver screen.”

Curled Up with a Good Book

“If you are a movie addict, this book will ring your chimes. The best thing about it is that it reaches across so many genres, age groups, vintages, and viewpoints…It’s nicely organized and spiced with many photos to remind us of the monumental films and the stellar actors of the past 70 years…[It’s] the kind of book you can carry around and thumb through at random—great reading for the doctor’s office or a weekend getaway.”

Hudson Valley News
, 4/1/09

“Wonderful photos throughout."

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“This fascinating and entertaining collection reveals the films that have left their mark on the individuals shaping our world.”
 
Magill Book Review, October 2009
“What is surprising is the number and range of people deeply affected by the movies, in surprising and perceptive ways…A revealing read.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786721009
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,173,381
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Hofler is an editor at Variety. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Washington Post, and Premiere magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

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