The Wedding Video (Screenplay)

Rated 4.75/5 based on 4 reviews
Everyone loves a wedding.

You don't want to read something dry and droll. You want to read something smart and funny. Something you can laugh out loud to.

"The Wedding Video" melts the most subversive comedies ever written into one manic concoction of love and lust. Peopled with wannabe mafiosi, this intriguing farce pits a young man on the rise against the don who wants to bed his fiance on... More

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About Stefano Boscutti

STEFANO BOSCUTTI is an award-winning writer and director.

He loves stories about true mavericks and outsiders who want to change the world. Larger than life characters who either wildly succeed or go down in flames. (Often both at the same time.) Boscutti's stories are usually laced with humor and a ton of irony.

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Reviews

Review by: Luis Noe on Jan. 20, 2012 :
I hate opera and I have never seen the Marriage of Figaro or the Merchant of Venice. I find 18th century opera to be more boring than watching paint dry but this adaptation is funny, scandalous, fast paced, replete with twists and turns and very entertaining indeed. This would make an excellent movie as the main characters are complex and engaging and I am happy to have been able to learn the story line of the Marriage of Figaro in such an accessible and enjoyable way.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: sally guess on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Lust, love, revenge, young and old, tradition and rebellion this screenplay has it all. This is the Marriage of Figaro with Mafiosi everywhere which make the stakes much higher and the highjinx much funnier. The Don thinks that he has his house all under control but the mischief that is afoot is hysterical and alarming. You will be on the edge of your seat turning the page when you are not laughing your head off. Funny screenplay, very creatively constructed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: sally guess on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Lust, love, revenge, young and old, tradition and rebellion this screenplay has it all. This is the Marriage of Figaro with Mafiosi everywhere which make the stakes much higher and the highjinx much funnier. The Don thinks that he has his house all under control but the mischief that is afoot is hysterical and alarming. You will be on the edge of your seat turning the page when you are not laughing your head off. Funny screenplay, very creatively constructed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Matt Kelland on Nov. 24, 2011 :
The first thing you need to be aware of is that this isn't a novel. It's a screenplay, which makes for a very different reading experience, especially on a Kindle. I've been involved in film for the last few years, and I've been a film buff since my early teens, and I'm used to reading screenplays. However, this is the first one I've read on a Kindle. Screenplays generally have a standard format and page layout, and it doesn't translate too well to the smaller screen. It worked okay, but to be completely honest, I found it easier to read as a PDF on the computer where there's more white space.

I'll admit I've never seen or read the Beaumarchais play this is based on, but I'm familiar with the Mozart opera. This is a really funny interpretation of the material - it updates this classic farce to a setting we can more easily relate to and simulataneously parodies a modern genre that's ripe for parody.

One word of warning. As you might expect from a gangster flick, this screenplay contains the word "fuck" at something approaching Tarantino levels. If that offends you, then steer clear. However, it wins an award for funniest use of the line "Fucking Pussy!" since Cheech Marin in Dusk Till Dawn.

The only real criticism I have is that it was too long - hence the 4 stars intead of 5 - but that's true of the original version as well, and indeed most farces of the period. By two thirds of the way through I've got the joke, and it's all starting to feel a bit laboured. Personally, if I were adapting this to a movie, I'd have recommended being less faithful to the original stage play and going for a tighter ending.

In summary, I'd love to see this made into a film. It would be hilarious, even if you're not an aficionado of 18th century literature or opera. Read it, and you'll see why.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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