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Superb script. Appalling formating,
This review is from: Chinatown: Screenplay (FF Classics) (Paperback)
Robert Towne's script for Chinatown is one of the best screenplays ever writen and as such it is very sad indeed that Faber have done such a poor job of keeping the proper format of the script.
Many of the actions and the scene descriptions have in error been formatted as scene headings making reading the screenplay in this edition much of a guessing game.
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2015 16:47:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2015 17:11:31 GMT
I don't understand what you're talking about. Maybe you're referring to a different edition. In MY edition (that's 272 pages long and also includes the screenplay of 'The Last Detail'), all the scene headings are NUMBERED and are in BOLD. True, the scene descriptions could have been put in italics to clearly distinguish them from the dialogue instead of being identical with them in every respect. But every line of dialogue is indented about 1.5 cm whereas the descriptions are not and the two are NEVER ON THE SAME LINE.
So to call it a 'guessing game' is ridiculous since it should be obvious to anyone even with very imperfect English, what's dialogue and what's not.
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