Backstory 5: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1990s / Edition 1

Backstory 5: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1990s / Edition 1

by Patrick McGilligan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520260392

ISBN-13: 9780520260399

Pub. Date: 10/27/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

Patrick McGilligan continues his celebrated interviews with exceptional screenwriters in Backstory 5, focusing on the 1990s. The thirteen featured writers—Albert Brooks, Jean-Claude Carrière, Nora Ephron, Ronald Harwood, John Hughes, David Koepp, Richard LaGravenese, Barry Levinson, Eric Roth, John Sayles, Tom Stoppard, Barbara Turner, and Rudy

Overview

Patrick McGilligan continues his celebrated interviews with exceptional screenwriters in Backstory 5, focusing on the 1990s. The thirteen featured writers—Albert Brooks, Jean-Claude Carrière, Nora Ephron, Ronald Harwood, John Hughes, David Koepp, Richard LaGravenese, Barry Levinson, Eric Roth, John Sayles, Tom Stoppard, Barbara Turner, and Rudy Wurlitzer—are not confined to the 1990s, but their engrossing, detailed, and richly personal stories create, in McGilligan’s words, “a snapshot of a profession in motion.” Emphasizing the craft of writing and the process of collaboration, this new volume looks at how Hollywood is changing to meet new economic and creative challenges. Backstory 5 explores how these writers come up with their ideas, how they go about adapting a stage play or work of fiction, how they organize and structure their work, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260399
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Me Generation Everyman Albert Brooks Gavin Smith 5

Breaking the Rules Jean-Claude Carrière Mikael Colville-Andersen 21

Feminist with A Funny Bone Nora Ephron Patrick McGilligan 34

Imagination Ronald Harwood Patrick McGilligan 44

Straight Outta Shermer John Hughes William Ham 60

Sincerity David Koepp Patrick McGilligan 71

A Writer Under the Influence Richard Lagravenese Tom Matthews 90

The Journey Barry Levinson Patrick McGilligan 113

Pride Of Authorship Eric Roth Patrick McGilligan 134

The Nonconformist John Sayles Nick Dawson 169

Adventures in Movies Tom Stoppard Vincent Lobrutto 189

Free Spirit Barbara Turner Patrick McGilligan 205

Questing Rudy Wurlitzer Lee Hill 221

About the Contributors 235

General Index 237

Index of Films, Plays, and Books 247

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