It was because of that, I think, I read my first book in English; Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Mort d'Arthur", which "Excalibur" is most directly based on. Which, of course, was a monumental task, to start reading.. It being written in prose in the 14th century, sure didn't made it easier.. but.. well.. it went surprisingly well, and was a start.. And since then, I haven't read that many books in Swedish. I, for sure, hasn't bought any..
Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" is featured heavily, or at lest "O Fortuna" for key scenes, and even if you can mind Orff being a supporter of the nazists etc, it sure is a masterpiece, and.. of "works", by far my favorite works of music, and I think I've got 5 different recordings of it, at home, + a video of a Swedish "opera" based on it (Which I'm still sad I missed having a chance of seeing live because I so much wanted to).
The visuals of the movie has influenced me a lot, and even if I haven't been able to directly use it, it's something I long for.
and.. I've been a huge fan of Helen Mirren ever since, too...