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Good scripts, bad scripts : learning the craft of screenwriting through the 25 best and worst films in history

Author: Thomas Pope
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Pope
ISBN: 0609801198 9780609801192
OCLC Number: 37836764
Description: xxii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Abyss: the narrative spine needs a chiropractor --
ch. 2. Cutthroat island: shiver me structure --
ch. 3. Inherit the wind: Play's the first thing, the screenplay's the second --
ch. 4. Singin' in the rain: the perfect film that shouldn't work --
ch. 5. Pulp fiction: reinventing structure --
ch. 6. Usual suspects: the great script that could have been greater --
ch. 7. High noon: Aristotle goes out west --
ch. 8. Citizen Kane --
ch. 9. Bonfire of the vanities: third act suicide --
ch. 10. Last action hero: deconstruction self-destructs --
ch. 11. Fargo: satire isn't always what closes on Saturday night --
ch. 12. Jewel of the Nile: your subtext is showing, the problem of the false second act --
ch. 13. Groundhog day: the unexpected, expected structure --
ch. 14. Searchers: the third act hiccup --
ch. 15. Verdict: dialogue as litany --
ch. 16. Tender mercies: less is more, lots more --
ch. 17. Some like it hot: fewer scenes, bigger laughs --
ch. 18. Prizzi's honor: the passive second act protagonist --
ch. 19. Day of the jackal: the antagonist as protagonist --
ch. 20. Network: the catalytic monster --
ch. 21. Chinatown: the elusive antagonist --
ch. 22. Casablanca: the antihero as protagonist --
ch. 23. Havana: Casablanca lite --
ch. 24. Treasure of the Sierra Madre: the greatest adventure --
ch. 25. Falling in love: the good guys ought to be the bad guys.
Responsibility: Thomas Pope.
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