The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History

The Schreiber Theory A Radical Rewrite of American Film History In this wonderfully witty and wide ranging manifesto noted book and movie critic David Kipen takes dead aim at that old film school canard the auteur theory and blows it sky high with a theory of h

  • Title: The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History
  • Author: David Kipen
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  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this wonderfully witty and wide ranging manifesto, noted book and movie critic David Kipen takes dead aim at that old film school canard, the auteur theory, and blows it sky high with a theory of his own that he supports with a rollicking tour through movie history Thanks to the auteurists, everyone nowadays credits the director with being the creative genius behind ev In this wonderfully witty and wide ranging manifesto, noted book and movie critic David Kipen takes dead aim at that old film school canard, the auteur theory, and blows it sky high with a theory of his own that he supports with a rollicking tour through movie history Thanks to the auteurists, everyone nowadays credits the director with being the creative genius behind every movie But, in what may be the first significant counter theory to the notion invented by legendary critics Andrew Sarris, Franois Truffaut, and others, Kipen says, Au contraire, Instead, inspired by the mother tongue of America s first screenwriters, he uses the Yiddish word for writer to coin The Schreiber Theory, which decrees that knowing who wrote a film is often a far better and far consistent guide to whether it was any good Kipen s new heresy topples the old orthodoxy by studying the careers of the early writers who came to Hollywood from Broadway and the modern scriptwriters coming out of TV Most usefully, the second half of the book is a who s who of screenwriters past and present, with entries on over 40 of Hollywood s most significant schreibers, There s plenty of film world gossip along the way, as well as smart discussion of how the auteur theory took hold and what some other opponents such as Pauline Kael had to say about it From the early days when Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway labored in Hollywood to today, wh

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