Tales from the Script
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Screenwriters ranging from newcomers to living legends share their triumphs and hardships in this probing, insightful, and often hilarious odyssey through the world of movie storyingtelling. Candid and unafraid to name names, dozens of participants reveal the fascinating creative adventures that gave birth to notorious flops and beloved classics. The storytellers include Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon"), John Carpenter ("Halloween"), Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption"), William Goldman ("The Princess Bride" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), and Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver").
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 15
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: In Peter Hanson's dishy documentary Tales From the Script, 46 screenwriters gab agreeably about the tribulations of their profession.
Fresh: Manages to be fun and informative without tipping too far into the dark side; it favors war stories over horror stories.
Rotten: One of Tales' strongest points is made accidentally: Its huge cast of interviewees consists of one Asian speaker, one Latino, three African-Americans, and five women - one of whom pulls double-duty as a woman of color.
Fresh: One suspects that writers in Tales from the Script might have more to say about the art and the joy of creating, but Hanson seems less interested in their craft, spending much of the film allowing the writers to vent about the industry.
Should Be Mandatory for All Film Students
Witty, insightful, and depressingly realistic at times, Tales from the Script is a must-see documentary for all film students, or anyone who considers themselves a serious moviegoer. This documentary shows how much writers write as opposed to how many of their scripts make it to screen, how much of their screenplay makes it to screen, what happens when they're red hot, and what happens when they're not. Writers are the unsung heroes of a film. They tell the actors what to say. They inspire directors to direct. They paint a picture with words. They are the visionaries.