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SCREENPLAY 101: BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

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I had this hilarious gag planned for the BEING JOHN MALKOVICH post in our series detailing the WGA’s 101 greatest screenplays. I had written a whole post that consisted entirely of the word “Malkovich,” over and over again, complete with punctuation, italics and other indications that I was writing in a language that consisted entirely of the word “Malkovich.”

But alas, that was not to be! Some snag in the code basically made the word “Malkovich” appear all over the page, as though our website were being taken over by some kind of virus – malkovich.worm.badtrans.2048 or something. Here’s what it looked like:

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Since it’s Christmas Eve and I don’t exactly have time to poke through the entire back end of our website trying to find the problem, I’ll just give you the alternate opening sequence from an earlier, undated draft in our collection, and wish you a happy holiday.

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BEING JOHN MALKOVICH is written by Charlie Kaufman and is number 74 on the list of the WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays.

Here’s the deal: Throughout 2014, we’re posting pages from every script on the WGA’s list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays, as chosen by Guild membership, because we have every one in our library. Sure, we have other scripts that didn’t make it onto the list, either because they didn’t make the cut or because they were produced after the list was generated (presumably SHARKNADO, which we totally have a copy of, is only in the latter category). Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich.