The Great Screenwriters – Part 8: The Epstein Brothers

“Round up the usual suspects.” This classic line from Casablanca, delivered by the cynical Captain Renault (played by Claude Rains) near the beginning of the film and also near its end, has haunted me while trying to write these pieces on “The Great Screenwriters”, because all too often I have...
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Two Questions I Never Answer

Surely I’m better known as a writing educator than a writer. All the same, after forty years and a half million dollars in therapy, I am able to say that I enjoy writing success. The Wall Street Journal calls me a “…writer of substantial professional experience throughout the media.” I’ve written feature...
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The Great Screenwriters: Part 7 - Charles Brackett

The great Billy Wilder had two great screenwriting partners. The second was I. A. L. Diamond, with whom Wilder collaborated from the late 1950s onwards, in particular co-writing with him Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960) and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). But Wilder’s first great...
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Art of the Adaptation: The Jungle Book

About halfway through the latest version of The Jungle Book — written by Justin Marks and directed by Jon Favreau — Mowgli, the man-cub raised by wolves, bows in reverence to a distressed group of elephants around a ditch. Once he sees the cause of their alarm, he grabs a rope he’s...
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