Anthology Film Archives


November 30 – December 10

This is the fourth installment of FROM THE PEN OF, an ongoing series designed to spotlight that brutally neglected figure most often forgotten in the filmmaking process, namely the screenwriter. Famously devalued and barely recognized by cinephiles more prone to celebrate auteurs and actors, screenwriters are rarely acknowledged with critical studies or repertory retrospectives, particularly those who emerged hot on the heels of the demise of the studio system in the 1960s. While audiences may associate the works they penned more closely with particular directors-as-superstars, a closer study reveals that the sensibility and ingenuity of particular screenwriters shines through in each of these films.

On this calendar we are highlighting the screenwriting work of W.D. Richter, Alexander Jacobs, Waldo Salt, and Frank Pierson, who passed away in July.

FROM THE PEN OF is programmed in close collaboration with author/musician Alan Licht.

Very special thanks to Alan Licht, and to Robert Downey Sr., Rudy Wurlitzer, Jonathan Hertzberg, Brian Block (Criterion Pictures USA), Chris Chouinard (Park Circus), Paul Ginsburg (Universal), Christopher Lane (Sony), Judy Nicaud (Paramount), Caitlin Robertson (20th Century-Fox), and Marilee Womack (WB).

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