The Last Duel is a masterclass in perspective and character development.
One of the most interesting movies in years is Ridley Scott's The Last Duel. It's a challenging film that gathers three different perspectives leading up to and after a crime. Scott's direction is incredible and nuanced, but it couldn't have gotten there with great writing.
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Nicole Holofcener take us through the script they wrote for The Last Duel. Line by line, they explain their writing processes from first to final draft. Check out this video from Vanity Fair, and let's talk after!
The Last Duel script breakdown
This was a fun look at a late scene in the script. I love how they took us through the process of all three of them sitting and writing together and working separately.
It's interesting to think Matt and Ben adapted the book, but when it came to adding the final point of view, Nicole was able to go off on her own and create a world and story for Marguerite. It adds an interesting element to the scenes she has on her own and her characterization.
It was also interesting to hear about how they change small lines, whether that's in real-time on the set or just because they misremember lines. Sticking to the script is the goal, but at times even tweaking one word clues the audience in on something they never imagined before.
What are the takeaways for you from this conversation? Any knowledge drops you think everyone should talk about? Let us know in the comments.
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