An author writing about any subject requires his share of research, however small the topic may be. He has to understand his subject, live with it and merge himself with it to form what he wants to create. A journey of a writer has always fascinated me and why not? I think to certain extent I understand it, the feeling involved in that journey. Hence movies made on writers always attract me.
Recently, I have come across three such good movies about writers, some who lived, some fictitious but their passion for writing is undying.
Truman Capote read a news paper article about a family of four brutally murdered in a small village of Holcomb, Kansas and immediately he knew what would be his next writing. Capote is the movie about the author and his extensive research and interactions with the killers of clutter family that resulted in the writing of his most famous work – In cold blood. I loved the dedication of the author in bringing to light the minds of the two criminals and devastating after affects of such horrifying incidents. I own a copy of this book and have read half way through it and can say that it is one of the best writings I have ever read. The movie won Philip Seymour Hoffman an Oscar for masterfully playing the role of the brilliant author.
Almost Famous (2000) -
Would it not be a dream to write for a publication during your teenage? And that to the one based on your favorite theme? Almost famous is about a teenage journalist writing for the rolling stone magazine about a rock band. The movie takes us through the journey of a fifteen year old William traveling with a rock band around the US to write an article about them. The film is semi-autobiographical, as director Cameron Crowe himself was a teenage journalist for Rolling Stone. The screenplay is brilliant and no doubt it won the Oscars for best original script. The movie talks about friendship, fame, betrayal and jealousy within the band as looked upon by an outsider so closely influenced by an over conservative but caring mother.
Adaptation (2002) –
This is one of the brilliant scripts ever because it blends together a story being adapted into ta movie and the process of adaptation. A very unique screenplay, I must say. It is based on true incidents but with some fictitious intruding. When Charlie is asked to write a screenplay based on the book called “the orchid thief” by Susan Orlean, his inferiority complex dawns on him and he fails to deliver. In the process he seeks help from his twin brother (Which I doubt to be the script writers twin personality, his confident side). The movie so brilliantly captures the book, its character and blends into it the script writer’s dilemma of adapting it into a movie. The movie has brilliant star cast, Meryl Streep as the author of the book, Susan Orlean, Nicholas cage as the script writer Charlie Kauffman and Chris Cooper who won the Oscars for best supporting actor for his portray of the orchid thief, John Laroche.