Poll Suggestion: IMDb Poll Board Movies That Awoke Your Passion For Cinema

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All of us here love the cinema. The IMDB Poll Board Members have chosen the film that awoke up his passion for the cinema. Which of these movies awoken his passion for cinema?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls048396686/
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Joe,

For your consideration:
Fantasia (1940)
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Dan, good choice, this animated classic has been on my watchlist for a long time I hope to see soon, added.
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Joe,

Thanks.
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Wow, that will be a hard one, to be honest. One one hand I'm a film fan with almost no boundaries as to what that means (big budget, low budget, no budget, b movies, cult favorites, oddities, commercials and music videos - I value everything). On the other hand, it's really hard to pick just one movie. Although... One of my earliest memories about films is from when I was two years old. I can trace quite a few movies as seen approximately in 1993-1994, but only one has a more or less concrete date: my parents taped The Terminator (1984) from a TV showing which was on 3rd or 4th of May of 1994 and the next day I first saw it when my parents were re-watching it and cutting away the commercials. It positively blew me away then and it still amazes me now. I never get bored of it even after spending like half-a-year accounting the most accurate bodycount of the movie and titular antagonist's screentime (I've pretty much seen this movie frame-by-frame a few times). Which turned out to be 26 minutes and 8 seconds, of which only 16 minutes are of first-billed Arnold Schwarzenegger. That's some movie magic for you: one of cinema's most memorable characters is only there for less then 20 minutes but you feel his presence throughout the movie constantly, as well as a really unexpected and stylish kind of existential dread.  
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A good option, it is very interesting the forum you shared shows that it is a very well done job. Interestingly, one day after that you would see this movie for the first time, it was the day of my birth (May 5, 1994) added.
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Great choice, Nikolay!
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I really can't answer this question. But I'll throw out El Mariachi (1992) into the mix which was (most likely) the first subtitled foreign language film I've ever seen. Rented it when I was in the army. 

Always loved going to the movies growing up. But this opened my eyes to other things than mainstream Hollywood and dubbed Japanese monster movies.
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Interesting option, he added. I also loved growing up going to the movies.
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Please correct:
All of us here love the cinema. The IMDb Poll Board Members have chosen the film that awoke their passion for cinema. Which of these movies awoke your passion for cinema? 

My choice:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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Thanks for catching those details, added.
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One of the first movies that made a deep impression to me was Taxi Driver (1976).
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Taxi Driver added
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As far back as I can remember, I always loved movies, I would say that IMDb awoke my passion for movies not a movie in particular... maybe there's a film that made me love movies with a little extra something of dedication but right now the only name that springs to my mind is IMDb.
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If it does not bother you, I have nominated your option in my survey, I found it very interesting, but if you remember the movie with which I love the movies more than any other, I will have no problem changing it.
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It doesn't bother me at all, I wish I could get the right title but I can't think of one movie that "started'em all"
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Joe and ElM,

I suspect that ElM's contribution could well be the top choice if/when this poll goes live:
"IMDb awoke my passion for movies" ElMaruecan82 pick.
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I think you should choose for a different question. The chance is very small that somebody else has exactly the same movie as the movie that has awoken the passion for movies.
Maybe something like: Who’s pick is the most interesting? Or, which passion do you share the most?
And maybe you can add a few lines at each pick why we choose for this movie.
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Hoekkie, in fact I had already thought but I had no idea how to complete the question, thanks for the help.
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I have changed the question should check it to see if it seems right now, in terms of adding a line to each pick is a good idea but I think there will be several who choose their movies without specifying much and some lines would be repetitive, I appreciate the idea but do not, sorry.
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I think you should allow all the contributors to add a few lines with their pick. You’ve a few already with a description. It’s makes the poll more interesting with personal information.
My lines would be:
Mulholland Drive fascinated me. I loved the style and the mystery and I wanted to understand the movie. I started reading about David Lynch, Eraserhead, Lost Highway, etcetera. And I guess since then I never stopped reading, searching and watching movies..
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Hi Hoekkie, after all I ended up adding lines to the choises (at least those who left little comments about their options) thank you.
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Nice poll idea. This suggestion made me think very hard. When I was young I loved a couple of films very much, but at that time I didn't had passion for movies in general. It's really hard to say when it started. My pick is Mulholland Drive (2001). That movie fascinated me. I loved the style and the mystery and I wanted to understand the movie. After that I started reading about David Lynch, Eraserhead, etc., and I guess since then I never stopped reading, searching and watching movies.
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Additional :), it's very nice for me to think about those moments when I started watching movies more personally and that's why I decided to made this poll.
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Paths of Glory
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Added :)
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Do you have any line about your experience with this movie? as I knew it maybe, or how it was that it became the movie that "started it all"
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I love this idea. I had been thinking about doing something like this for a while but I couldn't quite frame it, which you've done very well. Oh, this makes me think of so many of those first great movies that I saw at the right age to set my enthusiasm on fire, wow. It makes me very nostalgic and renews my appreciation for cinema and some specific films, as well. I'm going to have to deliberate a bit before I choose one but bravo for doing this. 
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Thank you, I will wait for your pick.
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For that same reason is that i decided to do this survey, remember those movies that made me realize that the movies were my thing.
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Rub, i'll wait for you there
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I was very lucky to see, when I was still a young teenager, to some very good films because my much older brother was living at home while in law school and would rent movies that otherwise I would have never even heard of at such a young age. I remember a lot of them (Brazil, Casablanca, Blue Velvet) awaking an appreciation in me and opening up a whole new world to me -- and opening up a whole new way of seeing the world, too. The one that seems to keep coming back to me when I think of this poll, though, is 'My Dinner with Andre' so I'll go with that one. I think maybe I was younger when I saw that or something because it's the one that most makes me remember something changing for me. 
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Titanic.
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Do you have any line about your experience with this movie? as I knew it maybe, or how it was that it became the movie that "started it all"
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Do you have any line about your experience with this movie? as I knew it maybe, or how it was that it became the movie that "started it all"
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I remember that Shrek was one of the first movies I saw in the cinema as a child, since then I was always with my mother to watch animated movies and nowadays my passion for animated films is still alive, but without a doubt Shrek was the movie that I wake up my love to movies.
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Thank you, added
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Do you have an IMDb account to link it with your option?
I  love any cartoons i find them very amusing and sometimes funny.
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Goodfellas (1990)
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Thank you, added
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Do you have any line about your experience with this movie? as I knew it maybe, or how it was that it became the movie that "started it all"
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Well, I've loved movies for as long as I can remember, but for a long time (when I was a kid) I was just being a fan of a franchise, like Pooh or Disney Princess.  After a while I became a movie lover in general, watching all sorts and judging them.  But I'll just say the movie that started all the "movie buff"-ness for me was... my first episode of Mystery Science Theater!  :D  I became fascinated by it because I'd never seen anything like that before; never seen such a bad movie!  It (along with RiffTrax) also made me look at movies differently, not just blindly enjoying any old thing, but picking up on every detail and critiquing it carefully, searching for only quality.  Don't know if it qualifies because it was a T.V. show, but it did feature full length movies.  Thanks!  Awesome idea!  
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Oh yes, I find no reason not to accept your choice since it is a television program that is directly related to the movies and also seems to me a very interesting option. Added
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Thank you!
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It is really hard to choose one film.

Depending on wich time in my childhood we are talking about, I can mention you a film I was passionate about, but thinking about it I can't mention a single film that was responsible for making my passionate about cinema, or that made me start looking for different films from different cinematographies years and genres as I do.


More than a film, I think that what really started a passion on Me was my father. I saw his passion for movies all my life, and he would seat with my and my brother telling us about films we couldn't yet understand in a funny way that made a pleasure to see them with him. That way we learned that we could find enjoyment in many kind of movies. He also had a library and I would spend time just looking at movie names and he also made amateur films with us as children. All that is what made me passionate about movies.
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Yes, it was my dad that got me hooked on MST.  ;)  I would've liked it anyway, but if it wasn't for him I may not have seen it.
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It is likely that many people identify with this, but I do not have any program or movie to place your option on my list, I would like to find one, since your choice is interesting.
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You could use the poster for "Like Father" and describe, "My father's interests inspired me most of all."  If you'd like.  :)
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Thank you very much Narni, if it doesn't bother you also add a small line to your choice based on your comment.
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Added :)
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Cool!  Are you meaning to use my comment line, or have me write a new one?  Either is fine with me!  
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Narni,
I have added a line already, but if you wish, you can write a new one that looks better for you.
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Thanks, new line:

My favorite since childhood, this witty show helped spark my interest in movies of all sorts, including obscure, low budget projects, as well as encouraging my tastes and cultivating my search for only the best quality films.
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Narni, Done
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Hi Joe! :D
I'd pick 'The Jungle Book' (1967)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061852
I guess everyone of my age knows the song "Bare Necessities"
It had a great impact in my homeland. Most people love it.
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Line for use:

"It was a re-release in our home city.  It was my first time visiting a cinema ever at the age of 4 or 5. I don't know the exact age proper anymore. The movie was for an audience 6+ years of age. So my father had to smuggle me into the cinema. But I still know he told me to not tell anyone I'm younger. So I shouted at the box office (in German words): I'M 6 YEARS OLD, OK? The grown ups had a good laugh and the lady on the box office agreed. The movie enlighted my heart for cinema"
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Breu, added
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*bump*
please add some line about the experience you had with this movie, thanks
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Probably Jurassic Park, but I'll think of a reason later.
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I'll wait for your reason
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The funny thing is that Jurassic Park awakened my passion for cinema without me actually seeing it (at the time). When I was a kid in the mid-90s, Terminator 2 was (and still is) my favorite film, but I was seeing snippets of Jurassic Park everywhere. A clip on a TV, a few images on the back of a VHS box in a rental-store, a toy or a video game at the marketplace... But even with that incomplete picture of Jurassic Park, it has blown me away. It became so huge and elaborate, so epic and wondrous - all in my mind! It made me think that everything is possible in movies. Of course, years later, I finally watched it, and it delivered on my big expectations, which was a hard thing to do.
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Added, thanks
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Up above I left a note but it may be hard to find. Anyway, I decided on 'My Dinner with Andre.' Again, 'great idea. :)
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Thanks, added
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Hi Joe,

The poll really looks great. I like how you included people's comments, too, which I was not expecting. May I suggest just one small edit to one sentence in the intro? (in bold below)

Do any of these movies awaken your passion for cinema?

(Thanks and, again, bravo for a well done poll.)
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It's fixed, thanks :D