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Breaking Away (1979)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Steve TesichSteve Tesich and I went to Indiana University together. He was a Phi Kappa Psi and I was a Sigma Alpha Mu, and we lived across the street from each other. He graduated in 1965, I some four years later. We actually...

American Beauty (1999)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Alan BallAmerican Beauty has an interesting history. Of course, it opens with Lester Burnham telling his tale from the grave. Not a new idea. As a matter of fact, it’s over a hundred years old if we trace it back...

Jules & Jim (1962)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by François Truffaut and Jean GruaultI’m making a slight departure from the other films I’ve been writing about because Jules & Jim is different for several reasons: (1) it’s a “foreign film”; (2) there is no English translation...

Citizen Kane (1941)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson WellesAs with all the films I’m using, the number of scenes to choose from is limitless and what one writer might choose to write about may not be what another writer chooses to write about....

The Graduate (1967)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck HenryAs I’ve previously alluded to, Aristotle’s Poetics suggests that in talking about drama “the end is linked to the beginning with inevitable certainty.” Although Aristotle was talking about...

The Fisher King (1991)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Richard LaGraveneseThe Fisher King is a rather remarkable script for a number of reasons. In a way, it’s very prescient in that what LaGravenese was writing about 20 years ago, in many ways, has come to fruition today....

Casablanca (1942)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch Based on the play “Everybody Goes to Rick’s” by Murray Burnett and Joan AlisonIn Aljean Harmetz’s book, Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart...

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Billy WilderSunset Boulevard should be a must see (if not must read) for anyone who is or who has thoughts of becoming a screenwriter. Not because it predates The Player by almost 50 years (and by virtue of that, really...

North by Northwest (1959)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Ernest LehmanThe original shooting script of North by Northwest was submitted by Ernest Lehman on August 12, 1958 and weighed in at a hefty 180 pages (a minimum of three hours of film time). Clearly, he and Hitchcock had a lot...

Goldfinger (1964)

Mark Axelrod

Mark Axelrod is a Full Professor of English & Comparative Literature, and Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, at Chapman University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Constructing Dialogue : Screenwriting From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn Based on the novel by Ian FlemingIn an American Film Institute [AFI] interview, Hitchcock once talked about cinematic tension and the example he used was the “bomb under the table” ploy. According...