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Framework: A History of Screenwriting in the American Film

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My favorite anecdote from this history of screenwriting is about Columbia studio head Harry Cohn. The story goes that one afternoon Cohn was walking past the writer's building on the Columbia lot. When he heard no sound of keys tapping through the open windows he went into a rage, yelling, "Where are the writers? Why aren't they working?" The air was suddenly filled with the clicking of typewriters. Cohn responded, "Liars!" It's no doubt that screenwriters are perhaps the most maligned group of authors around, and it's easy to see why — most movies are dull and uninspired. But there are also films that transcend their medium and shine as examples of cinematic art. In both cases the image starts with the word. In Framework, professor of cinema Tom Stempel takes readers through the backdoor of the movie-making business and into the writer's domain. From the rise of the studios to the fall of the independents, Framework charts the course of the screenwriter, through the formation of the Writer's Guild to the black-listings of HUAC to the squabbles over who exactly is the auteur of the film, the writer or the director. With information on more than two dozen of the most prominent screenwriters in the business — from Nunnally Johnson and Lamar Trotti to Alan Rudolph and John Sayles — Framework is the history book for the budding screenwriter.
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My favorite anecdote from this history of screenwriting is about Columbia studio head Harry Cohn. The story goes that one afternoon Cohn was walking past the writer's building on the Columbia lot. When he heard no sound of keys tapping through the open windows he went into a rage, yelling, "Where are the writers? Why aren't they working?" The air was suddenly filled with the clicking of typewriters. Cohn responded, "Liars!" It's no doubt that screenwriters are perhaps the most maligned group of authors around, and it's easy to see why — most movies are dull and uninspired. But there are also films that transcend their medium and shine as examples of cinematic art. In both cases the image starts with the word. In Framework, professor of cinema Tom Stempel takes readers through the backdoor of the movie-making business and into the writer's domain. From the rise of the studios to the fall of the independents, Framework charts the course of the screenwriter, through the formation of the Writer's Guild to the black-listings of HUAC to the squabbles over who exactly is the auteur of the film, the writer or the director. With information on more than two dozen of the most prominent screenwriters in the business — from Nunnally Johnson and Lamar Trotti to Alan Rudolph and John Sayles — Framework is the history book for the budding screenwriter.
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Synopses & Reviews

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Publisher Comments:

Stempel, a screenwriter and professor of cinema at Los Angeles City College, presents a history of the art and craft of screenwriting from the silents to the present, with information and stories about those who write and have written for film. Includes anecdotal insights into the working lives of directors, producers, and stars, as well as how American movies get made. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review:

"Stempel has produced an informative and readable work." Library Journal

Review:

"A fascinating, entertaining romp through the forest of writing for films. You will encounter flora and fauna of the art and business of cinema dramaturgy. It is compulsory reading for professional and layman alike." David Brown Producer, The Sting and Jaws

Review:

"A real cornerstone item for film studies collections and a genuinely, enjoyably readable one." Booklist

Review:

"Informal in style and anecdotal in approach, this perceptive account is filled with stories spotlighting writer's creative work and their struggle to achieve recognition." American Cinematographer

Review:

"An invaluable resource for anyone interested in film, popular culture, or twentieth-century American writing." The Georgia Review

Book News Annotation:

Stempel, a screenwriter and professor of cinema at Los Angeles City College, presents a history of the art and craft of screenwriting from the silents to the present, with information and stories about those who write and have written for film. Includes anecdotal insights into the working lives of directors, producers, and stars, as well as how American movies get made.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Tom Stempel has added new material to update this comprehensive account of the development and influence of the American screenwriter.

About the Author

Tom Stempel is a professor of cinema at Los Angeles City College. He is the author of five books including Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing and Talking Back to the Screen: American Moviegoing since 1948 from the Audiences' Point of View. His articles on film have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, and Sight and Sound.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780815606543
Foreword:
Dunne, Philip
Author:
Dunne, Philip
Author:
Stempel, Tom
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Location:
Syracuse, N.Y.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship -- History.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
The Television series
Series Volume:
CHL-99-9 rept.4
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.07x6.01x.79 in. 1.00 lbs.

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My favorite anecdote from this history of screenwriting is about Columbia studio head Harry Cohn. The story goes that one afternoon Cohn was walking past the writer's building on the Columbia lot. When he heard no sound of keys tapping through the open windows he went into a rage, yelling, "Where are the writers? Why aren't they working?" The air was suddenly filled with the clicking of typewriters. Cohn responded, "Liars!" It's no doubt that screenwriters are perhaps the most maligned group of authors around, and it's easy to see why — most movies are dull and uninspired. But there are also films that transcend their medium and shine as examples of cinematic art. In both cases the image starts with the word. In Framework, professor of cinema Tom Stempel takes readers through the backdoor of the movie-making business and into the writer's domain. From the rise of the studios to the fall of the independents, Framework charts the course of the screenwriter, through the formation of the Writer's Guild to the black-listings of HUAC to the squabbles over who exactly is the auteur of the film, the writer or the director. With information on more than two dozen of the most prominent screenwriters in the business — from Nunnally Johnson and Lamar Trotti to Alan Rudolph and John Sayles — Framework is the history book for the budding screenwriter.

"Staff Pick" by ,

My favorite anecdote from this history of screenwriting is about Columbia studio head Harry Cohn. The story goes that one afternoon Cohn was walking past the writer's building on the Columbia lot. When he heard no sound of keys tapping through the open windows he went into a rage, yelling, "Where are the writers? Why aren't they working?" The air was suddenly filled with the clicking of typewriters. Cohn responded, "Liars!" It's no doubt that screenwriters are perhaps the most maligned group of authors around, and it's easy to see why — most movies are dull and uninspired. But there are also films that transcend their medium and shine as examples of cinematic art. In both cases the image starts with the word. In Framework, professor of cinema Tom Stempel takes readers through the backdoor of the movie-making business and into the writer's domain. From the rise of the studios to the fall of the independents, Framework charts the course of the screenwriter, through the formation of the Writer's Guild to the black-listings of HUAC to the squabbles over who exactly is the auteur of the film, the writer or the director. With information on more than two dozen of the most prominent screenwriters in the business — from Nunnally Johnson and Lamar Trotti to Alan Rudolph and John Sayles — Framework is the history book for the budding screenwriter.

"Review" by , "Stempel has produced an informative and readable work."
"Review" by , "A fascinating, entertaining romp through the forest of writing for films. You will encounter flora and fauna of the art and business of cinema dramaturgy. It is compulsory reading for professional and layman alike."
"Review" by , "A real cornerstone item for film studies collections and a genuinely, enjoyably readable one."
"Review" by , "Informal in style and anecdotal in approach, this perceptive account is filled with stories spotlighting writer's creative work and their struggle to achieve recognition."
"Review" by , "An invaluable resource for anyone interested in film, popular culture, or twentieth-century American writing."
"Synopsis" by , Tom Stempel has added new material to update this comprehensive account of the development and influence of the American screenwriter.
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