Thursday, November 05, 2015

Melissa Mathison Has a Posse

Melissa Marie Mathison
June 3, 1950 – November 4, 2015

The great screenwriter Melissa Mathison has a posse.

E.T. made me want to pursue the arts as a child. Everyone will remember her for that film, but I highly recommend her first produced feature: an adaptation she co-wrote, a forgotten gem called "THE BLACK STALLION".

She excelled at depicting the wonder and terror of a child's worldview.

She didn't get too many films produced. She's got one more that will come out posthumously, directed by her old collaborator Steven Spielberg. I hope he does right by her work.


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