American Beauty (Part 1) — The Art of Character

American Beauty is arguably a perfect movie: a character drama that’s gripping, funny and profoundly moving. In this video essay, Lessons from the Screenplay explores the range of techniques screenwriter Alan Ball uses to reveal each character’s unique personality, convey theme, and ultimately leave audiences feeling invested in both the characters and story.  



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