Answered By: Anthony Anderson Last Updated: Aug 24, 2017 Views: 138
Very few screenplays are published commercially. Screenplays that are published tend to be either those recognized as film classics (e.g., Citizen Kane) or those written by well known authors (e.g., Quentin Tarantino.)
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If USC owns a copy of the published screenplay, it will almost always be found in the Cinematic Arts Library. If you do not find a copy of the screenplay in the Libraries Catalog, this means either USC does not own a copy of the published script--or more much likely--the screenplay was never published in the first place.
Note: The Cinematic Arts Library does possess a large collection of unpublished screenplays. However, owing to the extremely rare nature of these scripts, they cannot be checked out and must be used at all times within the Cinematic Arts Library.