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Constructing Dialogue

From Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris
Axelrod, Mark (Book - 2013)
Constructing Dialogue
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Unlike most screenwriting guides that generally analyze several aspects of screenwriting, Constructing Dialogue is devoted to a more analytical treatment of certain individual scenes and how those scenes were constructed to be the most highly dramatic vis á vis their dialogue. In the art of screenwriting, one cannot separate how the scene is constructed from how the dialogue is written. They are completely interwoven. Each chapter deals with how a particular screenwriter approached dialogue relative to that particular scene's construction. From Citizen Kane to The Fisher King the storylines have changed, but the techniques used to construct scene and dialogue have fundamentally remained the same. The author maintains that there are four optimum requirements that each scene needs in order to be successful: maintaining scenic integrity; advancing the storyline, developing character, and eliciting conflict and engaging emotionally. Comparing the original script and viewing the final movie, the student is able to see what exactly was being accomplished to make both the scene and the dialogue work effectively.
Authors: Axelrod, Mark
Title: Constructing dialogue
from Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris
Publisher: New York ;, London ;, New Delhi ;, Sydney :, Bloomsbury Academic,, 2013
Characteristics: ix, 316 pages ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Axelrod
Contents: Introduction
Citizen Kane (1941) Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
Casablanca (1942) Murray Burnett, Joan Alison, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, Casey Robinson
Sunset Boulevard (1950) Billy Wilder
North by northwest (1959) Ernest Lehman
Jules & Jim (1962) Francois Truffaut, Jean Gruault
Lolita (1963) Vladimir Nabokov, Stanley Kubrick
Goldfinger (1964) Richard Maibaum, Paul Dehn
The graduate (1969) Calder Willingham, Buck Henry
Midnight cowboy (1969) Waldo Salt
Chinatown (1973) Robert Towne
Annie Hall (1977) Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Breaking away (1979) Steve Tesich
When Harry met Sally (1989) Nora Ephron
The fisher king (1991) Richard Lagravanese
Thelma & Louise (1991) Callie Khouri
Toy story (1995) John Lasseter
Good Will hunting (1997) Matt Damon, Ben Affleck/ Ordinary people (1980) Alvin Sargent
American beauty (1999) Alan Ball
Midnight in Paris (2010) Woody Allen
ISBN: 1441174257
9781441174253
1441108513
9781441108517
Branch Call Number: 808.23 A969c 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Dialogue in motion pictures Motion picture authorship
Topical Term: Dialogue in motion pictures
Motion picture authorship
LCCN: 2013033189
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This book focuses on dialogue, providing an analytical treatment of certain individual scenes. Each chapter deals with how a particular screenwriter approached dialogue relative to that particular scene's construction.


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