Plane to Plane by R. J. Cardullo | Script Revolution

Plane to Plane

Two farm laborers, one a college man and the other a hired hand, hoe a corn field as they compare the benefits of formal education to those of practical experience—to no end.

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“From Plane to Plane” (1948), a poem by Robert Frost.
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Vermont countryside, early 1900s. Two men of different social class and age—a college boy and an older farm hand—hoe a corn field and have a conversation. Dick, the younger worker, prizes his formal education and finds it superior to knowledge gained from life- and work-experience. Pike, for his part, prizes his fifty years of tilling the soil and all the wisdom he has gained from it. Both men understand their subject, learning, though they seem not to understand each other. These two “planes”—the one philosophical, even literary, and the other straightforward and commonsensical—run parallel in this script, but they never meet. A third plane, represented by a doctor passing in the background, merges the practical with the learned and becomes a subject of debate by the two laborers. In the end, as the doctor passes out of view, Dick and Pike walk back down the field—reconciled to hoe another row, in silence or in speech.

Submitted: January 20, 2021
Last Updated: February 11, 2021

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The Writer: R. J. Cardullo

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. Go to bio

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