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Behind the Scenes with Hollywood Screenwriter, Robert Avrech

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What I wanted was Karen and Hollywood.

A year after we met, we were married. And before we knew it, I was an established Hollywood screenwriter.

I owe everything to Karen. Without her, I am nothing. 

I sat down and wrote How I Married Karen because this helpless and hopeless love is the one great story--an epic, really--I can tell with absolute authority. This slim memoir, is my finest work.

It must have been fun to write.  What did Karen think of it?

For me, writing is not fun. It's hard and exhausting work that feels like I'm opening a vein, and letting loose my blood.

Karen admires the craft and narrative velocity of HIMK. However, she believes I exaggerate her beauty and her virtues. Hard as it is for me to believe, but Karen is, in this case, wrong.

I'll leave you two to duke it out on that point, Robert. What are you working on now? 

War and romance are the two subjects ideally suited for the movie narrative.  I am researching a film which will be an epic romance that takes place in a European shtetl before and during World War I. Most of the dialogue will be in Yiddish. 

Do you think there's much of a market for a movie in Yiddish?

Audiences are hungry for the unexpected. The Artist, a silent film, was a huge hit a few years ago. Was there a market for a silent film? Part of my job is to create a market. 

Good point. Thanks for talking with me, Robert. It was fun and I learned a lot along the way.


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