I’m a huge movie buff and being a writer adore films about creativity and writing. (Yes I am that narcissistic!) I’m reposting this list from Flavorwire here so I don’t lose it. So many wonderful movies that I want to re-watch, and plenty I have missed and want to see. Certified Copy, Angel at My Table, Reprise, Providence, Starting Out in the Evening… how did I miss these? Netflix, here we come.
Hollywood is famous for its treatment of writers. They are the low man on the totem pole, the person banned from the set, the guy who wrote the Great American novel drinking himself to death in Los Angeles, rewriting dumb scripts. It’s funny, as Hollywood — along with movies around the world — is obsessed with portraying “writers” on screen, which is a weird profession to lionize as writing is the least visually pleasing job of all.
There are a lot of bad movies about writers out there. At Flavorwire, we wanted to make the definitive list of the 50 Best Films About Writers of all time, with the requisite mix of biopics, book adaptations (what’s up Stephen King and John Irving), foreign films that actually feature female writers, po-mo meta surrealist studies of madness (very frequent), and the works of Woody Allen. (A thank you to writer Alexander Chee, whose…
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