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R. J. Cardullo
Milford, United States

A former university film teacher, I turned to screenwriting several years ago. I have also written film criticism for many publications. A New Yorker by birth, I grew up in Miami and was educated at the University of Florida, Tulane, and Yale. My last U.S. address was in Milford, Connecticut; I am now an expatriate residing in Scandinavia.

Many of my scripts (both long and short) are adaptations of lesser-known works by well-known authors. I am happy to re-write, collaborate, or write on demand. Thanks kindly for any attention you can give my work.

Scripts By R. J.

Animals
"Animals", an adaptation of several Depression-era stories by John Steinbeck, focuses on the subjects of the human animal, capital punishment, and marine biology—as well as on the drama of the protagonist's psychological evolution.
Feature Adventure, Drama, Mystery For sale 104pp
A Temple of the Holy Ghost
In 1950s Georgia, a twelve-year-old girl encounters two teenaged girls, and the result has less to do with boys, clothes, and makeup than with—of all things—hermaphrodites, holiness, and God himself.
Short Comedy, Drama, Family, Mystery For sale 17pp
A Cool Million
Through the pathetic inability of its protagonist, Lemuel Pitkin, to achieve material success or otherwise meet society’s standards, "A Cool Million" darkly satirizes the myth of the American dream.
Feature Comedy, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir For sale 112pp
Escape
A fugitive from a chain gang down South attempts escape and gains his freedom from his pursuers—one way or the other.
Short Drama, Thriller For sale 7pp
The Third Violet
"The Third Violet" is a love story and an art history, yet its episodes unfold in the matter-of-fact manner in which they might occur on a battlefield—or inside a New York tenement.
Feature Comedy, Romance For sale 119pp
A Late Encounter with the Enemy
A fake, 106-year-old Confederate general attends the college graduation of his 62-year-old granddaughter—and dies there, onstage, in full uniform.
Short Comedy, Drama, Family, War For sale 12pp
Welcome to Our City
Emotionally gripping and mockingly satiric, "Welcome to Our City" captures the festering racial climate of the 1920s in a vision of American life that is uncomfortably relevant to our own times.
Feature Drama For sale 115pp
Before Breakfast
A man in bed, a woman in a mirror, a marriage in disarray—until one partner decides to act.
Short Drama, Family For sale 13pp
The Monster
A black stable-hand saves his white employer’s young son from a house fire, but the black man’s burns disfigure his face so much that he becomes a pariah, like the employer himself—and his family.
Feature Drama, Family, Horror, Thriller For sale 76pp
The Beggar, or the Dead Dog
A blind beggar and a self-important emperor meet by accident outside a castle, revealing as they speak that the blind man can “see,” while the wealthy ruler is poor of heart—as well as mind.
Short Comedy, Drama For sale 11pp

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