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The Life of the Mind: Movies About Writers

The writer is simultaneously the most and least important person to a film. The writer is the creator of most narratives—through novels, journalism, or film—and is also the conduit of creativity, research, and formation of the entire narrative. Yet the writer’s relationship to the film—both practically and on the screen—is quite complex. In movies, writers have been depicted as everything from shining heroes who take down a president to troubled geniuses to conflicted plagiarists seeking to further their own careers. This course will explore the myriad depictions of writers in cinema. Films may include All the President’s Men, Stranger Than Fiction, Barton Fink, Misery, Adaptation, Capote, Trumbo, Almost Famous, Spotlight, The End of the Tour, and A Quiet Passion. No grades issued.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with classic films that feature writers as the main protagonist
  • An understanding of how real-life writers are portrayed on film and why

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • Movie buffs
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