American beauty: the shooting script

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Newmarket Press, Sep 17, 1999 - Performing Arts - 118 pages
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"This is probably the one of the first scripts I have done that didn't go through a rewrite ... I believe Steven Spielberg read it on a Saturday night, and on Monday morning he said, 'Let's make this movie and not change a word'" -- said Academy Award "RM" winner Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects) in an interview about the movie in which he stars with Oscar "RM" nominee, Annette Bening (The Grifters).The original screenplay by Alan Ball (TV's Cybill) marks the directorial debut of award-winning theater director Sam Mendes (The Blue Room, Cabaret), who describes the script in this book's introduction as "a highly inventive black comedy ... a mystery story with a genuine final twist ... a kaleidoscopic journey through American suburbia, and a hugely visually articulate one at that".In the Newmarket Shooting Script format, here is the complete shooting script, a fascinating essay about the script and the making of the film by Sam Mendes, an afterword by screenwriter Alan Ball recalling the genesis of his script, a twelve page photo section, and complete cast and crew credits.

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Review: American Beauty: The Shooting Script

User Review  - Ali - Goodreads

This film was gorgeous and its writing was about as good as it gets. Writing one fully developed character is hard enough, and this managed six. Reading the script is worthwhile when the writing was so much of what made American Beauty amazing fiction. Read full review

Review: American Beauty: The Shooting Script

User Review  - Rachel C. - Goodreads

This story embodies a particular kind of good writing - that is, where the characters behave oddly and constantly surprise you, and yet their choices never seem less than completely organic. Read full review

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Ball served as co-executive producer and writer for the television comedy series Cybill and also wrote for the sitcom Grace Under Fire. He is creator, head writer, and executive producer of the ABC series Oh, Grow Up.

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