Framework: A History of Screenwriting in the American Film

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Syracuse University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 313 pages
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Updated and expanded for the third edition, this volume combines scholarship with movie lore to present a comprehensive account of the development and influence of the American screenwriter. The text is written in an informal style and includes anecdotes and stories that spotlight writer's creative work and their struggle to achieve recognition.
 

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Framework: a history of screenwriting in the American film

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Stempel traces the development of the script and screenwriter in the Hollywood film. Beginning with the early film shorts, he shows the evolution of the brief story outline into the full-scale epic ... Read full review

Contents

Starting Up
3
Early Writing
7
Griffith and Woods
17
Silent Comedy
27
Titles
35
Ince and Sullivan
41
The Studio Period 19201950
49
Silent Studios
51
Independent Screenwriters
114
WriterProducers
123
WriterDirectors
129
The Guild
136
The Party
144
Independent Production 19502000
154
Decline of the Studios
155
The Black Market
164

Sound 37
57
Visitors from the East
63
MetroGoldwynMayer
70
Twentieth CenturyFox
77
Warner Brothers
85
Paramount
93
Columbia
100
Other Studios Other Writing
105
Projects
176
European Influences
186
Comic Independents
208
Hustlers
228
Quentin and Jane
245
TwentyTwo Subjects for Further Research
261
Index
295
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Tom Stempel is a professor of cinema at Los Angeles City College.

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