20 Filmmakers on the Art and Habits of Screenwriting

Storytelling 101.

Hollywood’s Happiest Couple: Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, screening at Film Forum today and Monday, May 16 as part of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Spotlight on Screenwriting series, will highlight the best of Wilder and Brackett’s collaborations. For over a decade, the men worked on 13 films, including Academy Award-winners The Lost Weekend and Sunset Boulevard. Wilder’s uncompromising approach and Brackett’s refined sensibility played perfectly off of one another, resulting in some of the most memorable screenplays in Hollywood. Inspired by the filmmaking duo, we collected quotes from directors about their approach to screenwriting.