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David Joshua Mirsky <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 21 Mar 1993 16:43:24 -0500
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I watched most of "The Big Picture" when it aired on a local tv station
a month or so ago.  It's about a student who wins the top award for his
student film at the American Film Institute. It then follows his attempts
after graduation to get a film produced with a major company.
For a film that presumably is supposed to be insightful about the
film industry, it seemed to become more generic and mainstream in its
storyline as the film progressed.
The last forty five minutes or so really deteriotated and I stopped
watching it. Some parts of the movie are funny, and make fun of the
moviemaking process, but I don't think it tells much about
scriptwriting, unless you want to talk about ow "The Big Picture"
itself faulters in that area.
I think the comedy, "Mistress", has some more ironic, interesting
comments on screenwriting than "The Big Picture" does.
There is also a show I saw on PBSa number of months ago that was about
the life of the screenwriter. There were some interesting comments by
James L. brooks, and Oliver Stone too, among others. I don't remember the
name of the show, though. In fact, I may have missed the title completely.
But it was interesting. I don't know if you are only looking for
fiction films, though.
David Mirsky