FILM ILLITERACY, YIKES!

I was recently hired for a script consultation by a serious young writer who keeps current with all the latest movies.

As I gave him notes on his screenplay, I would occasionally mention a film as a reference, a teaching moment, but he apparently had no knowledge of any film made more than three years ago.

A list of the films this screenwriter hadn’t seen and maybe not even heard of:

SUNSET BOULEVARD

CITIZEN KANE

2001, A SPACE ODYSSEY

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

DOUBLE INDEMNITY

THE MALTESE FALCON

MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY

DAY FOR NIGHT

ANNIE HALL

MOONSTRUCK

 

I told him if he watched only these ten movies, he would learn enough to write a great screenplay.

 

 

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