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Rescuing The Glittering Prizes from disaster


Two For the Road – a movie that deserves to be a hit
Frederic Raphael Writer
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No, Two For the Road was – although I didn't know it – in terms of movies it was... you don't get it any better than that. You get a director who loves the script; it's wonderfully done. It was not a great hit, but it's a famous movie. I'd sooner it was a hit and a famous movie, but I still get 20p a day so to speak from the screenings, and anyway, it's made. They made a movie with no plot, could never get it through today, as my grandmother would say, 'on a bet'.

Anyway, the movies slumped badly by 1969. Joe Janni and I actually went out to Hollywood in '69, and it was a desert. I was going to direct a movie for Fox, and then the people who were at Fox got sacked, and we came home and I really thought there was no hope, so I eventually... put together... this idea for The Glittering Prizes.

Born in America in 1931, Frederic Raphael is a writer who moved to England as a boy. He was educated at Charterhouse School and was a Major Scholar in Classics at St John's College, Cambridge. His articles and book reviews appear in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times and The Sunday Times. He has published more than twenty novels, the best-known being the semi-autobiographical The Glittering Prizes (1976). In 1965 Raphael won an Oscar for the screenplay for the movie Darling, and two years later received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Two for the Road. In 1999, he published Eyes Wide Open, a memoir of his collaboration with the director Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final movie. Raphael lives in France and England and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1964.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Two For the Road, Hollywood

Duration: 1 minute, 2 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2014

Date story went live: 10 September 2014