Friday, February 09, 2007

Who really made Babel?

BabelRinko Kikuchi in Babel, written by Guillermo Arriaga, directed by Alejandro González Inárritu.

In The Guardian, Jo Tuckman looks at the dispute between director Alejandro González Inárritu and scriptwriter Guillermo Arriaga. After collaborating on Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and now Babel, the two men are barely on speaking terms following a dispute over the origination of their films.
"It is not true to say that this is Alejandro González Inárritu's trilogy," Arriaga says. He insists they all stemmed from ideas he [Arriaga] had "a long time before we even met"...

Arriaga says he believes that audiences would do well to pick their films from the writing credit. He points to Paris, Texas as more the work of Sam Shepard than Wim Wenders, and applauds Charlie Kaufman's progress into the spotlight.

2 comments:

  1. Anne Hogben10:56 am

    In fact Sam Shepard was not the only screenwriter on Paris, Texas. It was also written by L.M. Kit Carson - who happens to be a member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.

    ANNE HOGBEN
    DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY
    WRITERS' GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN

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  2. Edel Brosnan3:00 pm

    Interesting piece, thanks for posting it. Writer-director partnerships don't have to end in tears though - think of Mike Winterbottom and Frank Cottrell Boyce, or Ken Loach and Paul Laverty.

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