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Gods and Monsters: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script)by Bill Condon
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"This is one of those rare screenplays that the actors felt no need to tamper with. The dialogue is full of invention but never straining for effect." — Ian McKellen
This critically acclaimed film was chosen by Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, Rolling Stone, USA Today, the Washington Post, and more than 100 other newspapers and magazines as one of the Ten Best Films of 1998. Based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram, the film, written and directed by Bill Condon, garnered major prizes for Condon, Lynn Redgrave, and Ian McKellen.
In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script series, this volume includes a facsimile of the script, a foreword by Clive Barker about his talks with Condon on how to bring cinematic life to James Whale's story, an introduction by Ian McKellen, and complete cast and crew credits. Also included is a portfolio of photographs chosen especially by Condon for this book.
"Bill Condon has made a deeply touching, elegant, and inventive biographical fantasy....His script is a tidy juggernaut of conversation — intense, chess-game conversation full of believable fits and starts. How he shaped it so well is a sweet mystery of life." Entertainment Weekly
Now published as a book for the first time, the complete Oscar®-winning script (Best Adapted Screenplay) for the film starring Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, and Lynn Redgrave — in the Newmarket Shooting Script series format, with new introductions written especially for this edition.
In 1957, a handsome gardener named Clayton Boone is hired by James Whale, the director of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man. Boone is fascinated by his retired employer's tales of Old Hollywood, but also wary of his overt homosexuality. Whale slowly exposes Boone to a world he's never before seen, while staging a plot with the young man at its center—not a plot of seduction, but something darker.
Gods and Monsters, the Academy Award®-winning screenplay by Bill Condon, is adapted from the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram. The film, directed by Condon, stars Ian McKellen as Whale, Brendan Fraser as Boone, and Lynn Redgrave as Hanna, Whale's protective housekeeper.
Gods and Monsters, produced by Regent Entertainment, was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review, was chosen by more than 100 newspapers and magazines as one of the Ten Best Films of 1998, and was nominated for three Academy® Awards.
"Gods and Monsters is a picture that seems so very simple in its outline, yet it elicits from its audiences immensely complex feelings. That's a rare balance and extraordinarily difficult to achieve," writes Clive Barker in his foreword.
And Ian McKellen writes in his introduction, "This is one of those rare screenplays that the actors felt no need to tamper with. The dialogue is full of invention but never straining for effect."
This volume in the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script® series features Condon's screenplay, McKellen's introduction, Barker's foreword, a portfolio of stills by Anne Fishbein, and complete credits for the film.
About the Author
Screenwriter Bill Condon wrote and directed Gods and Monsters, the Oscar® winner for Best Adapted Screenplay and the National Board of Review's best film of 1998. Condon made his directing debut with Sister, Sister, and has written the screenplay for the major feature film Chicago, as well as writing and directing Kinsey starring Liam Neeson.
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