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detect the secrets and techniques of Hollywood storytelling during this attention-grabbing assortment, within which fifty screenwriters proportion the interior scoop approximately how they surmounted very good odds to wreck into the company, how they remodeled their rules into box-office blockbusters, how their phrases helped release the careers of significant stars, and the way they earned accolades and Academy Awards.

exciting, informative, and infrequently startling, Tales from the Script positive factors specific interviews with film's best wordsmiths, together with John chippie (Halloween), Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia), John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and David hayter (Watchmen). learn alongside as:

Frank Darabont explains why he sacrificed his wage to maintain the integrity of his hard-hitting adapta-tion of Stephen King's novella The Mist.

William Goldman unearths why he's by no means had any curiosity in directing video clips, regardless of having received Oscars for writing All the President's Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Ron Shelton explains why he approximately minimize the superb speech that helped cement Kevin Costner's stardom in Bull Durham.

Josh Friedman describes the unusual adventure of having employed through Steven Spielberg to evolve H. G. Wells's vintage novel War of the Worlds—even even though Spielberg hated Friedman's tackle the fabric.

Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver) analyzes his mythical dating with Martin Scorsese.

Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) finds why the unrelenting hype round his multimillion-dollar script revenues prompted him to retreat from public existence for numerous years.

Tales from the Script is a needs to for motion picture buffs who delight in behind-the-scenes stories—and a grasp category for all those that dream of writing the good American Screenplay, taught via those that made that dream come real.

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The country’s mood was not good in 1932, and Fugitive reflected that situation. According to film scholar Andrew Bergman, if Fugitive had been made just a year later, “the chances are good that James Allen would have encountered a sympathetic federal official at picture’s end, with a just solution in sight” (97). By late 1933, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal was taking hold and, at least in the minds of many people, the economy was improving, so such a salvation might well have been possible. The Grapes of Wrath (1940), based on John Steinbeck’s novel and directed by John Ford, includes almost every Depression motif.

For example, one of pioneer auteur D. W. Griffith’s first important films is A Corner in Wheat (1911), which combines plot lines and image patterns from several narratives by the naturalist writer Frank Norris. In some ways, Griffith’s briefer and more focused version emphasizes the economic conflicts of the decade more effectively than Norris’s diffuse, symbolic fictions. The debut novel of another important writer of naturalism, Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900), was adapted in 1952 under the shorter title Carrie, with Jennifer Jones interpreting the title role under the able direction of William Wyler.

The War, the West and the Wilderness. New York: Knopf, 1979. Crafton, Donald. The Talkies: American Cinema’s Transition to Sound, 1926–1931. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. Cripps, Thomas. ” In John E. O’Connor and Martin A. , American History/ American Film: Interpreting the Hollywood Image, 39–55. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1979. Haskell, Molly. From Reverence to Rape: The Treat- ] ment of Women in the Movies. New York: Penguin, 1975. Hofstadter, Richard. The Age of Reform. New York: Random House, 1955.

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