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The Top Tens Archive for January, 2009

The Top Ten Chart for January 6, 2009

Top Ten Lists; 265 Films Listed; 106 Films with one vote; Five films appear on more than 100 lists; Iron Man jumps 10 spots into the Top 20. One Vote Wonders

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The Top Ten Chart for January 1, 2009

Top Ten Lists; 236 Films Listed; 89 Films with one vote; Both Wall-E and The Dark Knight are listed 21 times at #1; Wall-E appears on almost 70% of all lists; while Milk appears on more lists, both Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire rank higher on the lists they appear on; Wall-E has more than…

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DENNIS COOPER

The next thing that really changed my world and thoroughly influenced my writing were the films of Robert Bresson. When I discovered them in the late seventies, I felt I had found the final ingredient I needed to write the fiction I wanted to write.

INTERVIEWER

What was the final ingredient?

DENNIS COOPER

Recognizing that the films were entirely about emotion and, to me, ­ profoundly moving while, at the same time, stylistically inexpressive and monotonic. On the surface, they were nothing but style, and the style was extremely rigorous to boot, but they seemed almost transparent and purely content driven. Bresson’s use of untrained nonactors influenced my concentration on characters who are amateurs or noncharacters or characters who are ill equipped to handle the job of manning a story line or holding the reader’s attention in a conventional way. Altogether, I think Bresson’s films had the greatest influence on my work of any art I’ve ever encountered. In fact, the first fiction of mine that was ever published was a chapbook called “Antoine Monnier,” which was a god-awful, incompetent attempt to rewrite Bresson’s film Le diable ­probablement as a pornographic novella. So I came to writing novels through a channel that included experimental fiction, poetry, and nonliterary influences pretty much exclusively. I never read normal novels with any real interest or close attention.
~ Dennis Cooper Discovers Bresson

The whole world within reach.
~ Filmmaker Peter Hutton

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