Cinema: Saylesmanship

THE HOWLING

Directed by Joe Dante

Screenplay by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless

ALLIGATOR

Directed by Lewis Teague

Screenplay by John Sayles

Such is the cultural currency of Hollywood that anyone who can read his mail is called a man of letters, and the person who knows that filet de sole isn't a French disco group joins the intellectual elite. By these standards—and some higher—John Sayles is a Renaissance man. At 25, an O. Henry short-story award; at 28, a National Book Award nomination; at 29, critical praise and a measure of commercial success...

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