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Writers on Film

2010 March 31

There are tons of great films that feature writing and writers. Dead Poets Society, though not about writers explicitly,  has literature as one of its central themes, and is one of my all-time favorites. Salon compiled a great list of the cinema’s greatest writer villains, and it got me thinking about who my favorite cinematic writers are. Here’s a brief list:

William Miller, Almost Famous

Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation

Will Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Love

Virginia Woolf, The Hours

Jamie Bennett, Love Actually

Briony Tallis, Atonement

Christian, Moulin Rouge!

I’m sure there are a few great ones I’m forgetting–so leave more in the comments!

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  1. Taylor permalink
    March 31, 2010

    Don’t forget Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp) in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Jack Gable (John Candy) in Delirious, and Rose Schwartz (Whoopi Goldberg) in Soapdish.

  2. March 31, 2010

    off the top of my head:

    Paul Varjak (George Peppard). Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

    Wonderboys. Michael Douglas.

    Bernstein and Woodward (Hoffman and Redford), All the President’s Men… if you’re including journalists. Reds (warren beatty), Citizen Kane, etc. etc. Tons of those.

  3. Lauren S permalink
    March 31, 2010

    Capote– Truman Capote

    The Squid and the Whale– husband and wife professors/writers

  4. April 1, 2010

    Some great movies. I was going to say “Wonder Boys”, too. And “Sylvia”. So many good writer movies. I know I’m missing some.

  5. Chip Cheek permalink
    April 1, 2010

    “Capote.” That new movie about Leo Tolstoy, whatever it’s called. “Nora” (featuring Ewan McGregor as a young James Joyce).

  6. Chip Cheek permalink
    April 1, 2010

    Oh yeah — Lauren already got Capote. OK, scooped.

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