Friday, January 09, 2009
ERIC MAISEL post
A screenwriter with good credentials was able to show his new script to several Hollywood studio heads. Each said, “We don’t understand the ending. It is too ambiguous. Will she have the affair or won’t she? The ending is terrible!” The screenwriter took his script to Europe, where he convinced a consortium of three film companies to make it. It did beautifully in Europe, winning several awards, and then arrived in the United States.
Audiences hated it, complaining that the ending was horribly ambiguous. Did she have the affair or didn’t she? The movie won several more awards. Reviewers loved it. Audiences hated it. It made very little money; and found itself on all of the “best of the new century” film lists. The screenwriter could only smile; and in his acceptance speech for the biggest prize of all he devoted all of his time to praising ambiguity.
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