Synopses & Reviews
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.
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"Stempel has produced an informative and readable work." Library Journal
"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
"A real cornerstone item for film studies collections and a genuinely, enjoyably readable one." Booklist
"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
"An invaluable resource for anyone interested in film, popular culture, or twentieth-century American writing." The Georgia Review
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.