The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History

The Schreiber Theory A Radical Rewrite of American Film History In this wonderfully witty and wide ranging manifesto noted book and movie critic David Kipen takes dead aim at that old film school canard the auteur theory and blows it sky high with a theory of h

  • Title: The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History
  • Author: David Kipen
  • ISBN: The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History (Melville Manifestos)
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  • In this wonderfully witty and wide ranging manifesto, noted book and movie critic David Kipen takes dead aim at that old film school canard, the auteur theory, and blows it sky high with a theory of his own that he supports with a rollicking tour through movie history Thanks to the auteurists, everyone nowadays credits the director with being the creative genius behind ev In this wonderfully witty and wide ranging manifesto, noted book and movie critic David Kipen takes dead aim at that old film school canard, the auteur theory, and blows it sky high with a theory of his own that he supports with a rollicking tour through movie history Thanks to the auteurists, everyone nowadays credits the director with being the creative genius behind every movie But, in what may be the first significant counter theory to the notion invented by legendary critics Andrew Sarris, Franois Truffaut, and others, Kipen says, Au contraire, Instead, inspired by the mother tongue of America s first screenwriters, he uses the Yiddish word for writer to coin The Schreiber Theory, which decrees that knowing who wrote a film is often a far better and far consistent guide to whether it was any good Kipen s new heresy topples the old orthodoxy by studying the careers of the early writers who came to Hollywood from Broadway and the modern scriptwriters coming out of TV Most usefully, the second half of the book is a who s who of screenwriters past and present, with entries on over 40 of Hollywood s most significant schreibers, There s plenty of film world gossip along the way, as well as smart discussion of how the auteur theory took hold and what some other opponents such as Pauline Kael had to say about it From the early days when Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hemingway labored in Hollywood to today, when international sales are turning scripts into pidgin affairs, it s a clever and savvy consideration of movie making from a whole new perspective David Kipen is the former editor of Buzz Magazine and has written about movies for TheHollywood Reporter, Variety, Boxoffice, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Los Angeles Times, He is currently the book critic for San Francisco Chronicle, as well as a weekly commentator on NPR s Day to Day program and on KCRW FM in southern California Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 172 pages Published February 1st 2006 by Melville House Publishing More Details Original Title The Schreiber Theory A Radical Rewrite of American Film History Melville Manifestos ISBN 097665833X ISBN13 9780976658337 Edition Language English Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Schreiber Theory, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 22, 2011 Tommy rated it really liked it Finally read this, only approximately a year after I was supposed to Had the distinct luxury of hearing Mr Kipen talk about this book in amusing and animated detail, so the theory itself was already known to me What really works for me about this book is that, though the title seems to imply that the screenwriter should be lauded instead of the director, ultimately the book s tone encourages us to consider film much of a collaborative medium than we do And it reaffirms something I think Finally read this, only approximately a year after I was supposed to Had the distinct luxury of hearing Mr Kipen talk about this book in amusing and animated detail, so the theory itself was already known to me What really works for me about this book is that, though the title seems to imply that the screenwriter should be lauded instead of the director, ultimately the book s tone encourages us to consider film much of a collaborative medium than we do And it reaffirms something I think many people have always thought that if the director of a film did not write the screenplay, any claim he or she has to being its true author is nonsense Kipen s metaphor for the screenwriter director relationship is novelist editor I think an alternative metaphor might be author translator There are excellent translations and there are poor ones There are certainly rare translations that may even improve upon the original text But they re still translations The kind of work being done is different.I just saw The Social Network a few nights ago and loved it, incidentally the film belongs much to Aaron Sorkin than it does to David Fincher Both personalities are certainly evident Fincher s personality shows up several times, most notably in the rowing scene but the construction of the film, the story, even the ambitions, attitudes, and life paths of the characters bring to mind Sorkin s work in A Few Good Men, The West Wing, and even Studio 60 And yet I was talking about the film with a friend last night, and she said, I loved that movie I love all his stuff Sorkin I don t know who that is I m talking about the Fight Club guy Ah Sigh flag Like see review Feb 11, 2008 Melville House Publishing rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction David Kipen asks who s responsible for Hollywood s best movies In an edgy and funny manifesto, critic David Kipen says au contraire to that old film school theory the auteur theory that gives all the credit to the director.Instead, in honor of the mother tongue of America s first screenwriters, Kipen uses the Yiddish word for writer to coin The Schreiber Theory, which decrees that knowing who wrote a movie is often a far better guide to knowing whether the movie will be any good or not.Kipe David Kipen asks who s responsible for Hollywood s best movies In an edgy and funny manifesto, critic David Kipen says au contraire to that old film school theory the auteur theory that gives all the credit to the director.Instead, in honor of the mother tongue of America s first screenwriters, Kipen uses the Yiddish word for writer to coin The Schreiber Theory, which decrees that knowing who wrote a movie is often a far better guide to knowing whether the movie will be any good or not.Kipen s new heresy topples the old orthodoxy by studying the careers of screenwriters past and present in a witty, two pronged attack In part one, he dismantles the auteur theory and presents a convincing argument that screenwriters are the guiding creative geniuses behind the best films In part two, he offers a compendium of mini biographies of great screenwriters past and present Who wrote Casablanca Who wrote Twelve Monkeys Who wrote Dead Girls Don t Tango What else did they write It all makes The Schreiber Theory an engaging read and a one of a kind reference for movie lovers and film students alike flag Like see review Dec 28, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it Kipen s manifesto is lively and concise, if not terribly in depth The first half sketches an argument for a writer centric film history, but serves as an indictment of auteur theory His thesis isn t so much that we should adopt The Schreiber Theory as that it is at least as good as auteur theory, and writers deserve consideration.The second half of the book is a few capsule profiles of writers whose work has been of a certain quality and often focused on repeated themes flag Like see review Jan 20, 2014 Mary Beth rated it really liked it Shelves nonfiction Kipen s book is much manifesto than densely laid out history, and as such it s lively and provocative, if sometimes a bit shallow Still, his passionate argument ranking screenwriters above directors in importance makes an intriguing attack on the traditional auteur theory, and his mini bios of major screenwriters and lists of their work provide much inspiration for future movie watching flag Like see review Aug 09, 2010 Cambra added it I kind of lost interest during the introduction, when he admits he just wants to debunk the auteur theory than he wants to prove or argue anything else I guess I can give it 10 pages though Yeah, no I can t flag Like see review Dec 18, 2007 Paul Wilner rated it it was amazing Dunny, literate and timely, avec the recent writer producer disputes on the overlooked role of scribes in films Disclaimer The author is my pal But read it anyhow he makes offbeat, amusing and intelligent points flag Like see review View all 4 comments Jul 01, 2011 Frank rated it liked it Shelves film A short, informal manifesto calling for an end to the auteurist theory of film criticism for one screenwriter centric Sure, why not, though it doesn t address the inherent problem of assigning credit blame for such a collaborative project as filmmaking flag Like see review Aug 05, 2009 Cecilia rated it really liked it Thought provoking and interesting, Kipen poses a lot of good ideas The auteur theory needs opposition And where would Hollywood be without good, consistant writerswell, they where they are now mostly in the toilet flag Like see review Sep 29, 2010 David rated it liked it This isn t so much the Schreiber Theory as an argument against the auteur theory The author is unable to land anything than a glancing blow to auteurism however.The second half of this little book provides nice little capsules of prominent screenwriters flag Like see review Nov 15, 2007 Bill rated it liked it Recommends it for cinema lovers I like the theory behind the book that we should start moving away from the director centric study of film and that a consistent and accurate view would be studying screenwriters works I think it s an argument definitely worth looking into Very intriguing flag Like see review View 1 comment Dec 01, 2013 Dan Vinson rated it really liked it Interesting and thoughtful, if not entirely convincing I m still an auteurist flag Like see review Jul 31, 2007 David Kipen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for everybody, not excluding illiterates I d recommend this book to everybody, not excluding illiterates flag Like see review Joe rated it it was ok Jan 26, 2008 Michael Bennett rated it really liked it May 15, 2018 Bird Revolution rated it liked it Nov 03, 2008 Diane Russell rated it really liked it Mar 25, 2018 James Payne rated it it was amazing Nov 01, 2010 pdb Bernhardt rated it it was amazing Mar 03, 2011 Aidan Lucey rated it really liked it Sep 24, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it Jun 13, 2008 Alan rated it really liked it Aug 16, 2015 Shawn rated it liked it Jan 07, 2016 Paul Godard rated it did not like it Jun 25, 2009 Laura rated it liked it Nov 15, 2007 Ben Kaden rated it really liked it Mar 16, 2015 Jon rated it really liked it Mar 03, 2017 Mario rated it it was amazing Apr 20, 2011 Alexander Lesher rated it liked it Sep 11, 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