F. Scott Fitzgerald's screenplay for Three comrades by Erich Maria Remarque

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Southern Illinois University Press, Jun 1, 1978 - Drama - 289 pages
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Much of the magic surrounding his legendary name had vanished by the time F. Scott Fitzgeraldforty-one years old, deeply in debt, full of re衫orse that "I had been only a mediocre caretaker of most things left in my hands, even of mytalent"mounted a third assault on the money of Hol衍ywood and, by writing this adaptation of Remarque'sThree Comrades,proved that the writer, if not the man, had sur赳ived the famed "crack-up." The screenplay forThree Comrades,starring Robert Young, Margaret Sulla赳an, Franchot Tone, and Robert Taylor, ultimately was the result of the collaboration of E. E. Paramore and producer Joseph Mankiewicz, though Fitzgerald fought to salvage as much of his original script as possible. By his own reckoning, only about a third of the final script was his, and "all shad觔ws and rhythm removed." The script published here is the one Fitzgerald tried desperately to save. Neither Mankiewicz nor Paramore has written a line. This script is, of course, valuable to those who would know the complete Fitzgerald. It also proves fas苞inating as a study of adaptation, show虹ng which scenes Fitzgerald chose to dramatize to catch the essence of the Remarque story as well as showing how he made visual what the novelist could placein theheads of his readers. Series editor Matthew J. Bruccoli provides the background in an il衍uminating Afterword and in an appen苓ix containing eight scenes that re貞ulted from the collaboration of Man虺iewicz, Paramore, and Fitzgerald.

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Three Comrades A Screenplay
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Matthew J. Bruccoli, Jefferies Profes­sor of English at the University of South Carolina, is the leading authority on F. Scott Fitzgerald. Among his recent books is “The Last of the Novelists”: F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last Tycoon.

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