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Movies about Writers


The last movie I watched about a writer was Howl, the story of the legal battle over Allen Ginsberg‘s famous poem.

Movies about Writers

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As a writer, I think watching movies is an excellent way to absorb the craft of storytelling.

Even though the approaches differ in certain critical ways, you can “translate” between them.

In fact, the legendary director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola, said he preferred being inspired by reading short stories rather than movie scripts.

I found a copy of the Portland Press Herald with an article called Fraught with Peril: Making a Movie about Writers and Writing.

It focuses on a recent movie called Genius about Thomas Wolfe but also spotlights 10 other Writer-Movies.

I’ll list the movies here and leave it to you to check out the article for short blurbs about each (plus, a longer look at Genius…):

THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (1937)

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

THE FRONT (1976)

MY BRILLIANT CAREER (1979)

CROSS CREEK (1983)

BARTON FINK (1991)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)

WONDER BOYS (2000)

ADAPTATION (2002)

THE HOURS (2002)

If you’ve watched any of these, I hope you’ll leave a comment with your short (or, long) review :-)
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