R.I.P. Budd Schulberg

Posted by · 8:17 pm · August 5th, 2009

I just came back from one of the most expertly written films of the year (Guillermo Arriaga’s “The Burning Plain”) to the sad news that one of the great screenwriters of our time, Budd Schulberg, has passed on from this mortal coil.  At 95 years old, he seemed to get everything you can possibly get from life.  He is perhaps best known and remembered for “On the Waterfront,” for which he won an Oscar and gave us the immortal line: “I coulda had class.  I coulda been a contenda.  I coulda been somebody.” He will be missed.

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  • 1 8-06-2009 at 2:21 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Sad news … always wondered why he didn’t do more feature writing after “Waterfront.” “A Face in the Crowd” is so underrated.

    (Not to go off-topic, but I’m surprised by your take on “The Burning Plain” … I love Arriaga, but thought it was his thinnest work to date. Maybe I need to watch it again.)

  • 2 8-06-2009 at 4:13 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Wow Kris, my friend lent me his Blu-ray copy of the Burning Plain and it’s been sitting on my entertainment center for days. The trailer made it look a little corny, but based on that super micro review I think I’ll give it a watch tonight.

  • 3 8-07-2009 at 6:01 am

    Bill M. said...

    Fifty years from now even a hundred. There will be 30, 40, or even 50 films in a canon or a vault somewhere that have been untouched by time (timeless classics) and On the Waterfront will definitely be there.

    Arguably the greatest Original Screenplay ever written, Marlon Brando’s lead performance as Terry Malloy is a thing of acting genius that hasn’t happened often in the cinema, the ensemble cast is the greatest group of performances in one single film, and for Kazan he directs a film that is excellent on so many levels. Gritty yet emotional, real, amazing character scenes.

    RIP Bud Schulberg (Not to forget A Face in the Crowd is one of the more underrated Kazan and films from the 50’s)