Thursday, January 30, 2003

Followup to the Star Wars post the other day, John writes in to say:

The most interesting screenwriter in all this was Leigh Brackett, who worked on EMPIRE.

In 1946 she wrote the script to THE BIG SLEEP, starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by Howard Hawks. Her co-writer was William Faulkner. Fans of the Coen Brothers' film BARTON FINK will recognize the highly fictionalized adventures of Faulkner & Brackett on that project.

Her script for Robert Altman's 1973 THE LONG GOODBYE was also terrific work, in a largely overlooked film.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK was her last script.