LOUIS, I HAVE THE FEELING THIS IS GONNA BE...
Louis Malle once said, "A confident director loves to have the writer on the set." You know, when we were doing Atlantic City, the producer said, "What is the writer doing on the set?" And Louis said, "If you have someone here for the hair, why would you not have someone here for the words?" -- John Guare in On Writing #15
I don't believe this has to do with being a confident director or not. Some very confident directors will not tolerate the presence of the writer.
The real issue here is the power struggle over authorship, which is something that is very specific to cinema. Only in cinema, and mostly in Hollywood film industry, is the authorship of the writer ignored or questioned.
In other word, having a writer on the set challenges the idea, promoted by the DGA propaganda, that the director is the author.
Thanks for the link to On Writing...I've been reading them for most of the morning, for better or worse.
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