“Can working for the movies hurt your own writing?” Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 12, William Faulkner

Robert Capa photo of: Howard Hawks, William Faulkner, and screenwriter Harry Kurnitz

Robert Capa photo of: Howard Hawks, William Faulkner, and screenwriter Harry Kurnitz

INTERVIEWER

Can working for the movies hurt your own writing?

FAULKNER

Nothing can injure a man’s writing if he’s a first-rate writer. If a man is not a first-rate writer, there’s not anything can help it much. The problem does not apply if he is not first rate because he has already sold his soul for a swimming pool.

INTERVIEWER

Does a writer compromise in writing for the movies?

FAULKNER

Always, because a moving picture is by its nature a collaboration, and any collaboration is compromise because that is what the word means—to give and to take.

INTERVIEWER

Which actors do you like to work with most?

FAULKNER

Humphrey Bogart is the one I’ve worked with best. He and I worked together in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep.

via Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 12, William Faulkner.

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