Talking pictures : how they are made, how to appreciate them (c. 1937)

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Dreams Wanted When a film company announced in the fall of one year that the photoplay, Romeo and Juliet, would be ready for exhibition by summer of the following year, scores of high school English teachers arranged their courses to bring the study of this play closer to the re- lease of the picture. They did this as part of the grow- ing recognition by educators that the presentation of great works of literature on the screen inspires students to read these works with more intense interest. Libraries have grown more and more sensitive to the public interest in filmed literary classics. The Min- neapolis Public Library reported exceptional interest in a special file it keeps of the latest reviews on the best motion pictures. The Cleveland library, previously mentioned, and others provide tables of supplementary reading for those whose imaginations have been fired by the project of translating a literary classic into screen form. Let us assume that the impossible and unusable mate- rial has been taken from twenty thousand possibilities; that several scores of excellent stories are ready for in- spection by the executives. Let us follow these stories into a "story conference" and see the next step in the important activity of selecting and preparing a talking picture for actual production. [47]