For Screenwriters: How Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot Was Written

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) was a big film star in Hollywood during the 50s and the beginning of the 60s. He made great films like Sweet Smell of Success, got an Oscar nomination for The Defiant Ones and, at…

For Screenwriters: How Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut Was Written

Frederic Raphael: There’s a lot of talk. You want a lot of talk? Stanley Kubrick: I can’t say what I want. I want to do Arthur’s story (Schnitzler’s “Traumnovelle”), but in New York, now. That’s all I can tell you.…

Best Scriptwriting Books Ever: The Art of Dramatic Writing

Lajos Egri (1888-1967) wrote The Art of Dramatic Writing back in the ’40s. The book is not about writing film but theatre. Still, it’s considered chronologically as the first “how-to“ work ever made about screenwriting -even if the author didn’t know. Many concepts in…

On William Goldman’s ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE

William Goldman (1931-2018) is one of the best screenwriters Hollywood has seen. He was the author of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (an original script that won him his first Oscar), “All The President’s Men” (maybe the most difficult…