May 19, 2002
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The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy

I love The Spanish Prisoner, and was eager to see the screenplay, to know if the film changed much in shooting. It didn't: the Rolls dealer originally sold shotguns, a few lines changed. Hardly anything. The central problem (how do they work the switch) isn't clarified in the screenplay, alas. No news here (and it's a tough screenplay to read, since it's filled with descriptions of shots with no dialog) but it's a wonderful story.