Screenwriting – a tortured act practiced in solitude staring at a screen or typewriter, compiled by a neurosis or two – is not an inherently cinematic profession. However, Hollywood has produced a catalog of films that try to capture the business, which seeks to replace the seemingly boring quest with a splash of the film’s magic. Here’s a look at the latest, David Fincher’s “Munk” (Now on netflix), And seven other films about business, and how they succeed in interpreting the author’s experience.
Author: Charlie Kaufman (Nicholas Cage) struggles to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean in a love letter to the writer’s block of conflict.
See how much we write him: He constantly reads his source material and fixes his bolts of inspiration in a recording device. He even makes several attempts before sitting on his typewriter after 15 seconds.
Degree of neurosis: “I’m taking a walk,” Kauffman reveals at the beginning of the film his negative thoughts and a stream-in-consciousness purity of impotent syndrome, which continues throughout the film.
Author’s moment: Charlie excuses himself to go out to a party to go home, but instead puts his face first on his bed because it’s easy.
‘Barton Fink’ (1991)
Author: John Turturro plays as a playwright who is invited to Hollywood to write a wrestling film. This proves to be more difficult than anticipated.
See how much we write him: Despite spending much of the film starring on a blank page, when Fink is moving on to a beautiful Underwood typewriter, he makes his way through a whole rim of blank paper.
Degree of neurosis: Fink is a group of writerly traits: pain weird, lonely, eager for admiration, quick to despair and inspired by the idea that writing “comes from a great deal of pain.”
Author’s moment: Desperate for companionship, when asked about her writing by her neighbor at the hotel (John Goodman), Fink reveals a two-minute monologue about her literary ambitions. “I know sometimes I run,” he apologizes.
‘In a lonely place’ (1950)
Author: Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart), a struggling screenwriter, becomes a murder suspect when the businesswoman later arrives at her home.
See how much we write him: You think being investigated for murder, while falling in love with a neighbor (Gloria Graham) will hamper productivity. Yet Steele writes an entire script over the course of the film, a healthy amount that we see him doing on a legal pad by hand.
Degree of neurosis: Anger management is a major concern for Steele, but the writer has short bursts of insecurity, such as when he jokes with someone, “One day I’ll surprise you and write something good.”
Author’s moment: After many all-nighters and days of writing, Steele assumes the official posture of his profession: tired on a writing instrument, elbows on a table, and hands on the head as if to physically pull ideas straight from his brain You are trying
Author: Left on a separate farm to dry off and regenerate from a broken leg, Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) sets out to write the screenplay for “Citizen Kane”.
See how much we write him: He occasionally directs parts of “Citizen Kane” to an assistant (Lily Collins), but the film is more influenced by flashbacks of Menke’s past.
Degree of neurosis: Self-destructive alcoholism and gambling are combined to entertain with an eagerness that hints at an intense-sided lack of self-worth.
Author’s moment: Munk, on his recovery bed, is surrounded by loose and uprooted pages, a clear symbol of a streamlined creative process.
‘The Museum’ (1999)
Author: Oscar-nominated Steven Phillips (Albert Brooks) has been fired from a Hollywood studio contract for losing his creative edge. Desperate, he turns to a moose (Sharon Stone) to get his career back on track.
See how much we write him: Closest to Us is an aquarium trip that inspires an idea for a Jim Carrey film, followed by a montage that shows him furiously displaying ideas in a notebook.
Degree of neurosis: Phillips is a self-doubt mess (it is Albert Brooks), but who can blame him? Many writers describe themselves as evil and irrelevant, but Phillips is said to be repeated by others.
Author’s moment: Phillips, sleeping on his computer, meant writing, but choosing to faint over creative difficulty.
‘Seven Psychopaths’ (2012)
Author: Battling a screenplay and a drinking problem, Marty (Colin Farrell) falls from a dog kidnapping courtesy of his friend Billy (Sam Rockwell).
See how much we write him: A good amount of scribbling on the yellow legal pad and in the notebook, with some printing of script pages. Marty likes to write through oral storytelling, which makes the character return the story that is dramatically dramatic to the audience.
Degree of neurosis: Marty is an almost alcoholic whom friends describe as suffering from “suicidal self-loathing” that can only fix – or maybe cause – the writing.
Author’s moment: Whenever inspiration is found, Marty screams with the frantic frustration of the writer, afraid to lose a good idea.
‘Sunset Blvd’ (1950)
Author: An unemployed screenwriter (William Holden) meets former silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), who hires him to write her comeback role.
See how much we write him: He works on short stories. He gave a baseball movie to a producer. He edits, edits and sorts Norma’s script about Salome. He also collaborates with his friends’ fiancée, Betty (Nancy Olson), late at night – typing, proofreading, brainstorming.
Degree of neurosis: Functionally self-doubt and the danger of dismissing himself as “just a film writer”.
Author’s moment: Sitting in bed in a bathrobe, working on a typewriter when he questions his talent and creditors bang on his door.
‘The Truth’ (2019)
Author: Lumir (Juliette Binoche), a screenwriter, has come to America from her family in Paris to visit her mother, the famous French actress Fabien Dangeville (Catherine Deneuve).
See how much we write: In addition to a call discussing a change in her screenplay, Lumir’s main output is writing an apology for her mother reaching out to a minor manager, and some heartfelt for her daughter Charlotte (Clementian Grenier) Lines to tell Fabienne.
Freak Level: Sundar is levelless, however, to say if his relationship with his difficult mother did not inspire the unseen neuroses, who turned him to pen and paper.
Author’s moment: Before returning from her screenplay chat with Charlotte Fabien, Lumir waits, delighted by her work, memorizing the lines she writes.