Writing lessons from Tom Stoppard's script doctoring on INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

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I love Indy and I love Stoppard, so this is a treat. In hindsight it makes total sense that the dialogue of this movie was written by someone like Stoppard.

ETA:

Some scenes were filmed but omitted during the edit, like an extended chase through the Zeppelin in which Indy and Henry are pursued by a gestapo agent and a World War One flying ace.

I want to see that footage!

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I’ll wait for the analysis of Revenge of the Sith.

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Agreed! Though I still haven’t read or seen Arcadia, and I know it’s supposed to be excellent.

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His best work, even ahead of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in my opinion. I’ve never seen it performed either but I’ve read it countless times.

I have seen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at the Old Vic, though, and it was excellent.

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In the original draft, Vader yells “Noooo!”
In the rewrite, the script doctors sought to heighten the drama by adding more O’s and exclamation points: “Nooooooooo!!!” This made the moment far more meme-able.

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My freshman year of high school, the drama teacher decided we should do “Arcadia” as the Spring production. It was such a travesty that halfway through rehearsals she jettisoned the plan and changed the play to “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).”

Looking back, I guess I applaud her ambitions?

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that’s a different play,.

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(Bookmarking to keep all of this information in mind). Really, REALLY good write up of the changes and why they work. This was fantastic, there’s a wealth of useful information here for any writer, but particularly those working on screenplays.

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Really enjoyed that, thank you.

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