The LA Times ran an AP article today about this week’s telecast of AFI’s List of 100 Greatest Movie Quotes. Guess who the article completely failed to mention. In my capacity as curator of the Screenwriting Museum Project, its my job to suit up and tilt at these windmills, so I did something I’ve never done before: I wrote a letter to the editor. (full text after the jump)
Here’s what I wrote:
Itís been a heck of a month for the oft-ignored screenwriter. First, the Deep Throat story broke, with nary a mention that the signature phrase of that period – ìFollow The Moneyî – did not belong to W. Mark Felt, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, or Hal Holbrook, but was the invention of screenwriter William Goldman. Now we have AFIís List of 100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes. Your article about this program fails to include a single mention that these lines were created by screenwriters, and did not emerge whole-cloth from the imagination of the actors or the ìauteurî inspirations of the directors. Iím sure Budd Schulberg, Howard Koch, the Epstein Brothers, and the rest of the luminaries responsible for these great lines are used to being snubbed. I, however, am disappointed that Hollywoodís hometown paper is continuing this unfortunate trend.
Curator, Screenwriting Museum Project
Anyone want to lay odds on whether they’ll print it?