Title YES: SCREENPLAY AND NOTES
Book Condition As New
Publisher Newmarket Press 2005
1557046662 / 9781557046666
Seller ID RWARE0000017535
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: From Booklist Published screenplays are usually worth reading only if one has seen the films, and often resemble souvenir brochures more than books. Potter's complement to her latest film is the rare published screenplay that transcends those limitations. Pictures are corralled into a discrete section, there's no press-book boilerplate about actors, and the screenplay per se, trimmed to reflect the completed film, is good reading. It helps immensely that the dialogue consists of rhymed couplets, for the discipline involved helps Potter pack in significance without becoming verbose. Basically the story, serious but not without humor, of an affair between an Irish American scientist whose marriage to a British politician has collapsed and a Lebanese physician whose exile to Britain has reduced him from practicing surgery to filleting meat in a restaurant, the piece brims with political and relationship issues, on which a succession of cleaning women makes ontological commentary a la a classical Greek chorus. Questions and answers between film-festival audience members and Potter about the film's making wrap things up very satisfactorily.