Sunday 19 November 2017

Karen Krizanovich: What made Nora Ephron’s films so great and memorable?

NORA Ephron's films, which include When Harry Met Sally, Michael, and Bewitched, were built on indelible writing and great characters.

What’s a “Nora Ephron” movie? First of all, it’s a good American movie. Secondly, it is a good movie with an unusual identity, given the generally reduced position women and writers have in Hollywood. Thirdly, it is one written with great characters of both sexes but more famous for, as she said, making women “as complicated and interesting as women actually are.”

In her three decades of screenwriting, Ephron’s work in films was both popular and truthful – and even if they weren’t good all over, parts of them were terrific. Ephron was Dorothy Parker without the resentment, a female Oscar Wilde without the cynicism. Her writing was indelible: you knew a Nora Ephron film just as you knew those that tried to be and failed.

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