Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Rulebook Casefile: Denying Synthesis in An Education
This was true in Nick Hornby’s script as well, but somewhat less so. Director Lone Scherfig is extremely faithful to the script overall, but she cuts several exchanges out of the last part of the script, and replaces the last page entirely. These judicious cuts made the movie much better, and exemplified the importance of not allowing the characters to process the theme.
In the finished film, we end with Jenny, at Oxford, happily riding a bicycle through campus with a boy she seems to be dating, as we hear a voiceover (for the first time in the movie), saying that she tried to forget the whole thing, and one day, when a boy asked her to go to Paris with him, she said yes... “as if I’d never been.” Fade to black.
On the last page of the original script, we also have Jenny bicycling through Oxford, but then, one day...
Director Lone Scherfig knew she had a brilliant script on her hands...but she also knew that the last page blew it, and a better last page would make it a classic. She kept pushing until she found the last page the movie needed.
But wait, we’re not done! Tomorrow, we derive a new rule from this movie, and what it does better than a certain Oscar-favorite screenwriter...