First let me say that I’m getting slowly sick of films where guns, explosions, car chases and the good old brawl of good_VS_evil plus other miscellaneous pizazz – steal the show.
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Why most films about writers are not actually about writing
If you google ‘films about writers’ the query usually brings a few dozen titles, claiming they will satisfy your wish to look into the writers mind. Well, they don’t always not do that, but mostly yes, no, they don’t.
Most films about writers (although they may be dedicated to prominent persons of the field) tell very little about the actual act of writing as a thinking process. They are mostly still drama flicks about writers’ personal lives or public careers, having little to no focus on the craft itself. I’m talking here even about such promiment films like ‘Capote’, ‘The Hours’, even ‘Barton Fink’, along many others. Yes, there is a premise that some of the characters are writers. But everything in that film happens around writing, not in the act itself.
Here on this page I try to collect other titles of films that DO focus on writing. The ones that don’t try to hide writing process behind the pompous or romantic main plot. I know, those kind of movies appeal mostly to people who are fans of reading or writing themselves. In these films you can actually see how writing is done, how different scribing folk wrangle ideas onto the page, how they search for inspiration and fight through writers blocks.
‘Authors Anonymous’ is a rare film that truly does show you what writing as an occupation is (mostly) all about. It is a genuine, albeit a little playful glimpse into the writer’s mind-mix, the creative process, the struggles, confidence pains and the writers block, the business side of publishing – all the while being a light-hearted comedy.
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Almost as vivid a film about writers as the previous, this one set in recent modern New York with authentic glimpses into everyday lives of New Yorkers, and it’s a nice little pastiche of different pastimes of some four young people whose careers and private lives intertwined around writing and publishing world.