And here I am today. Amélie is indeed my all-time favorite film, and though I haven't watched it in months, I feel as though I could recite nearly the whole film in my mind. I'm sure I could speak the English translations, reading along to the film without subtitles.
And, having just finished watching A Very Long Engagement with the commentary track, I find myself similarly inspired. Not to say that the film will become another favorite--though a splendidly made film, it just doesn't tug at my heartstrings as Amélie does. But to hear Jeunet comment on his film, on the techniques involved and the homages to Leone and Kubrick and Speilberg, and to hear the obvious-yet-modest pride he takes in his accomplishments, scene by scene... It just inspires me to want to do the same.
I feel like I've been on a bit of a creative surge in the past week or two, not actively so, but at least in terms of inspiration. I read Brave New World nonstop (and, despite my complaints, was captivated enough not to become distracted) and am now working on 1984. And I find myself more inspired, often with ideas not at all related to what I'm reading. (I'm also dreaming much more vividly than I have in years... Weird, huh?) And now I'm even more inspired by Jeunet. Last time I felt this way, it led to 30 pages of Day's End (which I have since decided to rewrite) and about as much of Goldfield. Now I know I must make more use of my inspiration, and/or find ways to prolong it. I may yet become a heavy book-reader. :-P
Once work starts back up, it should be rather slow for a few weeks, so as soon as I finish 1984 I ought to get right on with writing. Perhaps writing 2076 in a different format, I should try a different approach... Less plotted, more open-ended. I feel more comfortable with the idea this time around. Being bigger than Day's End, it doesn't require so many tie-ins, such symmetrical story arcs. Ooh, I like feeling creative. It's nice. I should be off to bed, though. G'nite!