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What Happens Next

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What Happens Next

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Marc Norman
publisher:
Harmony Books
genre:
History, Nonfiction, Movies

We gave it a C

Marc Norman must be tired of being ”the other guy” who won an Oscar for writing Shakespeare in Love with Tom Stoppard. In this ambitious history of screenwriting — he kicks off with 1915’s The Birth of a Nation — Norman drily chronicles Hollywood’s least glamorous craft. The usual suspects are all here: golden-age greats Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder; New Hollywood auteurs Francis Coppola and Paul Schrader; and whiz kids Charlie Kaufman and Quentin Tarantino. But What Happens Next feels sluggish, like the script for a bloated three-hour epic that should have taken 90 minutes. C