When Harry Met Sally — Breaking Genre Conventions

by Lessons from the Screenplay

When Harry Met Sally is not just another romantic comedy, Michael argues: it is the most charming film he’s ever seen. In this video essay, he discusses screenwriter Nora Ephron’s ability to avoid romantic comedy clichés in a way that feels both effortless and original. He also examines the importance of genre, specifically how a writer can take something familiar and give it a unique spin, as well as how the clever use of comparison can help create character depth.

 

 

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