Best Writing (Original) – 1967

Official Nominations: William Rose (Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner), David Newman, Robert Benton (Bonnie And Clyde), Robert Kaufman, Norman Lear (Divorce, America Style), Jorge Semprun (The War Is Over), Frederic Raphael (Two For The Road).

William Rose was the official winner this year, his screenplay for Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner showing a lighter comedic touch than his previous offerings. Altogether less subtle and light is Kaufman and Lear’s Divorce American Style which offers strong satire but feels dated now. Jorge Semprum’s nomination seems like an unusual choice – decent script but a film which few will recall now, and Raphael’s work on Two For The Road is a bold choice but deserved giving the ingenuity of the storytelling on offer. My winner though goes to Newman and Benton’s riproaring Bonnie And Clyde, one of the finest examples of twisting the truth to tell a new tale.

My Winner: Bonnie And Clyde.

Bonnie & Clyde Dunaway Beatty Pollard

My Nominations: Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. Bonnie And Clyde. Two For The Road. The Fearless Vampire Killers. The Firemen’s Ball. Le Samourai. The Shooting.

I have added a selection of four movies to my personal nominations, a mixture of satire, farce, crime, and existential drama, with my winning vote going to Polanski and Gerard Brach’s The Fearless Vampire Killers.

My Winner: The Fearless Vampire Killers


Which movie of 1967 do you think has the Best Original Screenplay? Let us know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Best Writing (Original) – 1967

  1. John Charet May 25, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Great post 🙂 I would choose either Bonnie and Clyde or Two for the Road. I can’t remember If Point Blank was an original or Adapted screenplay, but I would personally nominate that one (I am aware you have not seen that one). Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

  2. John Charet May 25, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    P.S. I was searching on youtube and I found an interesting interview with Mark Cousins talking about Moviedrome in general (the interview is two parts) and he is every bit as fascinating as Alex Cox and Mark Kermode are in general about film. If you go on youtube, put in quotes “Mark Cousins on Moviedrome” or “Mark Cousins interview on Moviedrome” because it is just fascinating what he says. Once again, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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