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The Oscar-nominated screenplay adapted from Lee Israel's memoir about her time as a forger of literary letters. The Oscar-nominated screenplay adapted from Lee Israel's memoir about her time as a forger of literary letters.


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The Oscar-nominated screenplay adapted from Lee Israel's memoir about her time as a forger of literary letters. The Oscar-nominated screenplay adapted from Lee Israel's memoir about her time as a forger of literary letters.

17 review for Can You Ever Forgive Me?: A Screenplay

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ross Bonaime

    The biggest difference in Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty's screenplay for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the actual film is that the film tightens up this story and does its best to avoid repetition. Holofcener and Whitty show Lee Israel losing multiple jobs in the screenplay, where the film only shows her losing one. Certain scenes just seem like they're reinforcing ideas that had just been made clear only a few pages prior, and I think that tightening makes the film slightly superior to the s The biggest difference in Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty's screenplay for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the actual film is that the film tightens up this story and does its best to avoid repetition. Holofcener and Whitty show Lee Israel losing multiple jobs in the screenplay, where the film only shows her losing one. Certain scenes just seem like they're reinforcing ideas that had just been made clear only a few pages prior, and I think that tightening makes the film slightly superior to the screenplay. I also think the screenplay has more of a love for Israel than the book or even Israel's original book. The screenplay wants to show Israel as a person desperate for love and affection, but she's too self-centered and self-serving to care about anyone else. The film strikes this idea right out, instead making her a determined, brash person that doesn't hide her emotions. For example, this screenplay shows moments of sweetness from Israel, or moments of love-lorn vulnerability that just don't fit in with this character. I understand that Holofcener and Whitty wants Israel to have layers that will connect the audience to this hard-to-love character, but the screenplay doesn't need these extra moments to reinforce that. Can You Ever Forgive Me? is one of those screenplays I really love to read because I get to see the small changes between the writing stage and the actual film. They're incremental, but these changes serve great purpose in how we understand this character, and I'm glad that these changes were made. Still, the screenplay is quite good, and an improvement on Israel's work.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josh Hornbeck

    Really great adaptation of the memoir - fills out the character arcs more fully and transforms a slight anecdote into a compelling narrative.

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    Bethany White

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    Mellisa Stroman

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    Alyson Mead

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    Alicia Dale

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    John Allegretti

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    Theorex

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    Jen Myers

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