Patton Oswalt: My Life in 10 Movies

The comedian and author of 'Silver Screen Fiend' charts his rise from young cinema junkie to successful stand-up via 10 gamechanging films

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'Richard Pryor: Live in Concert' (1979)

"By the time I saw it, I was already a big stand-up comedy fan, yet the idea that you could see a movie that was just someone talking…that was new. More importantly, it was something that woke up more shit in my head than most other movies I'd seen, you know, where they're just throwing a lot of different visual things at you. It wasn't just the social stuff he was doing in his act, either; it was the way he'd give the wind a personality, or a dog a personality, or a car he was shooting with a gun a personality! The way Pryor was vocalizing all this stuff, he was making me see a film in my head. I must have been 16 or 17 when I caught up with it — I wasn't in college yet and I hadn't decided I wanted to try my hand at stand-up yet. That was still a few years away. But this was certainly one of the things that set my on that path."

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