Alexander Street Press has announced some new content to our American Film Scripts Online database.
I write to you today with exciting newsthe newest release of American Film Scripts is now officially live! To recap the message I sent to you a week ago, the release includes 111 new scripts, bringing the total number in the collection to approximately 500 scripts. I encourage you to forward this email to colleagues, faculty and users so that they may begin exploring the new material right away!
The vast majority of these new scripts are unpublished and extremely rare or hard to find. Original texts come from a range of sources, such as the special collections archives at the University of Southern California (the Warner Brothers collection), the University of Texas Ransom Center (David O. Selznick collection), the Wisconsin Film Center archive, the Library of Congress, studio archives, and even original manuscripts form the personal holdings of the writers and estates.
Some of the new scripts are the first of many from our recent studio agreement with Sony-Columbia. These include such classics as:
§ From Here to Eternity (directed by Fred Zinneman), which won eight Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role(Frank Sinatra), Best Actress in a Supporting Role(Donna Reed), Best Director(Fred Zinneman), and Best Picture;
§ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (directed by Frank Capra), which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role(James Stewart), Best Director(Frank Capra), and Best Picture;
§ The Lady from Shanghai, directed by Orson Welles;
§ His Girl Friday, directed by Howard Hawks, and written by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht;
§ The Wild One, featuring Marlon Brando;
§ The Awful Truth, featuring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, which won an Academy Award for Best Director(Leo McCarey) and received six additional Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
The new release will also feature films from:
§ King Vidor, who directed the first sound movie featuring an all African-American cast (Hallelujah);
§ John Huston (Key Largo, The Red Badge of Courage, Moby Dick, The Man Who Would be King);
§ Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, Spellbound, I Confess);
§ Vincente Minnelli (Madame Bovary);
§ Billy Wilder (Ninotchka);
§ John Ford (Wings of Eagles);
§ Michael Curtiz (Stolen Holiday, Charge of the Light Brigade);
§ Howard Hawks (Only Angels Have Wings);
§ William Wellman (Westward the Women);
§ Jacques Tourneur (Cat People)
The release also will include additional films from important filmmakers George Cukor, Anthony Mann, Raoul Walsh, Vincent Sherman, Mervyn LeRoy, Fred Zinneman, and Orson Welles. In addition, we have new films from international filmmakers (Michelangelo Antonioni and John Schlesinger) and contemporary filmmakers (Oliver Stone, Paul Mazursky, the Farrelly brothers, and many others).
Coming attractions: Were already hard at work on the next release. Tentatively scheduled for Spring 2006, it will include many new contemporary filmmakers, including Gus Van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, Elephant, Last Days), Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors), Paddy Chayefsky (Network, Marty), and many others. We also plan to include top screenplays from two more major studios.