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Weekend: Greta Gerwig; Jewish women on TV; The Black List; Making 'The Two Popes' and '1917'




Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen star in 'Little Women.'
Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen star in 'Little Women.'
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THE WOMAN BEHIND "LITTLE WOMEN"

Greta Gerwig talks with John Horn about her passion for the book “Little Women” and how she took everything she felt Louisa May Alcott was saying about women, art, money and ambition into the writing and directing of her big screen adaptation.

The movie is in theaters on December 25.

WHEN A STEREOTYPE BECOMES AN ARCHETYPE 

TV reporter Whitney Friedlander wrote a piece titled "Being a Jewish woman comes with baggage. What you see on TV just scratches the surface" for the Los Angeles Times. She talks with John Horn about what happens with a stereotype becomes an archetype.

IMAGINING TWO POPES IN A ROOM

“The Two Popes” screenwriter Anthony McCarten has channeled Freddy Mercury and Winston Churchill for the films “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Darkest Hour.” He tells John Horn that channeling Popes Francis and Benedict for his new film was his most audacious bit of ventriloquism yet. Plus, Jonathan Pryce tells John Horn why he almost didn’t play Pope Francis in the film “The Two Popes” and why he ultimately did.   

"The Two Popes" is on Netflix and in limited theaters. 

OBJECTS FROM THE BORDER BECOME ART IN A GALLERY

LA based photographer Thomas Kiefer takes ordinary objects that were seized from detainees at the US-Mexico border and turns them into art. For more than a decade, Kiefer worked as a janitor at a Border Patrol station in Southern Arizona where agents would confiscate the migrants’ personal items. Kiefer began collecting them, then taking artfully arranged photos. They are currently on display at the Skirball Center in West L.A. in a show titled “El Sueño Americano — The American Dream.”  The Frame contributor Marcos Najera has the story.

“El Sueño Americano — The American Dream" is up at The Skirball until March 8, 2020.

THE BLACK LIST: 15 YEARS OF CHAMPIONING WRITING 

Fifteen years ago Franklin Leonard founded “The Black List” and in that time the annual list has become a point of pride for many writers and the beginnings of many award-winning films. The 2019 list of the most loved unproduced scripts making the rounds in Hollywood has just come out. Franklin and John Horn discuss what’s on it and what the power of the list has become.

THE FEAT OF MAKING "1917"

The WWI movie “1917” was shot as one continuous take. The director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") and cinematographer Roger Deakins tell John Horn how and why they did it that way.

"1917" is in theaters.