Bedknobs and Broomsticks

In the 1971 Disney musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the song and dance number "Portobello Road" (written by the Sherman Brothers and largely sung by David Tomlinson) includes a reference to "Shelley" (presumably Percy):

Portobello Road, Portobello Road

Street where the riches of ages are stowed

Anything and everything a chap can unload

Is sold off the barrow in Portobello road

You’ll find what you want in the Portobello road


Rare alabaster? Genuine plaster!

A filigreed samovar owned by the czars

24 Hour Party People

In the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, the character Tony Wilson (played by Steve Coogan) quotes William Wordsworth's The Prelude ("Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, / But to be young was very heaven!”) and William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell ("The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom").

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

In one of the opening scenes of the 2020 film I'm Thinking of Ending Things (written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, based on the book of the same title by Iain Reid), two characters -- Jake (Jesse Plemons) and Young Woman (Jessie Buckley) -- discuss William Wordsworth. The Young Woman quotes "the child is father to the man," and Jake mentions "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" and the Lucy poems.

Blazing Saddles

In the 1974 film Blazing Saddles (dir. Mel Brooks), the song "I'm Tired," performed by Madeline Kahn, includes the lyrics "They start with Byron and Shelley / And jump on your belly / And bust your balloon."


Independence Day

In the 1996 film Independence Day, "When Captain Hiller [Will Smith] is talking to General Grey [Robert Loggia] about returning to El Toro, the giant screen behind them is displaying some sort of night vision display and the bottom of the screen is endlessly rotating through various numbers and stats.

Alien: Covenant

In Alien: Covenant (2017), the character David (Michael Fassbender) recites the poem "Ozymandias" and incorrectly attributes it to Byron; Walter (also played by Michael Fassbender) corrects him.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

In the Netflix film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), the section entitled "Meal Ticket" features a character billed as "The Artist" (played by Harry Melling), a man without arms or legs who performs as "The Wingless Thrush, Celebrated Thespian, Orator, and Entertainer." The opening reading from his performance is Percy Shelley's "Ozymandias."


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