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Five Screenplays by Preston Sturges Paperback – June 14, 1985
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Here are five comic masterpieces by Preston Sturges. The scripts are drawn from the great period between 1939 and 1944, which Andrew Sarris called 'one of the most brilliant and most bizarre bursts of creation in the history of cinema.'
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It's a very interesting experience following one of his movies while going line by line in the screenplays in this book. These are the shooting scripts. There are changes, but they seem like they were done in editing later. I wanted to take another look at Sturges because I heard that he turned the standard 3 act method (which is actually 4 sections) into 8 sections. The text doesn't seem to address that. Another interesting thing is how we remember movies. Write down a scene you remember from one of his movies and then watch it while following along with the script. We remember scenes very differently than how they really are. This is a common human experience. It's why so many of the famous phrases we remember aren't actually in the original movie or book. They're not wrong, they capture what we remember about the experience-- it's just that they aren't in the movie.
* The Great McGinty
* Christmas in July
* The Lady Eve
* Sullivan's Travels
* Hail the Conquering Hero
Good films all, and the last two classics.