Collected Screenplays

Christopher Hampton
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ISBN 9780571214570 Format Paperback
Published 16/09/2002 Length 480 pages

About Book

This collection of Christopher Hampton's screenplays includes his two best-known films, Carrington (winner of a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1995) and Dangerous Liaisons (winner of an Academy Award), as well as three works never before published: The Custom of the Country, A Bright Shining Lie and Mary Reilly.

Christopher Hampton's entertaining introductions to each of the screenplays published here chart the circuitous routes by which his films have, or have not, been made.

  • About Christopher Hampton

    Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The PhilanthropistSavagesTales from HollywoodLes Liaisons DangereusesWhite Chameleon, The Talking Cure and Appomattox. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Florian Zeller (including The Father), Daniel Kehlman and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). Musicals include Sunset Boulevard and Stephen Ward, both with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black. His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac. His screenplays include The Honorary ConsulThe Good Father, Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly, Total EclipseThe Quiet American, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed, and A Dangerous Method, based on his play The Talking Cure. Appomattox was first presented on the McGuire Proscenium Stage of the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, USA, in September 2012 as the centrepiece of a major retrospective of his plays and films. It was subsequently turned into an opera by Philip Glass and premiered at the Kennedy Center, Washington in November 2014.

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