The screenplay was written by Harold Pinter. Famous names: Where Reisz was dedicated to realism, Schlondorff was a pioneer of the New German Cinema movement who was eager to break into Hollywood. I worked with Karel Reisz on it for about a year. Sophie Gilbert is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers culture. Passion, Poetry, Politics, held in Turin, Italy, in March , Hudgins "examin[es] all three unpublished filmscripts in conjunction with one another" and "provides several interesting insights about Pinter's adaptation process". We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. The Commander gets Kate hard-to-obtain items, and, knowing her background as a librarian, allows her access to his private library. He wanted to work with me on the script, but I said I was absolutely exhausted. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. Although she resists being indoctrinated into the cult of the Handmaids, which mixes Old-Testament orthodoxy with step gospel scripted group chanting and ritualized violence, Kate is soon assigned to the home of "the Commander" Fred and of his cold, inflexible wife, Serena Joy. Serena, a former televangelist, snips flowers from the earth with indifferent precision, and gazes serenely at Kate while dangling the whereabouts of her daughter in front of her like a treat in front of a dog. Kate is a woman who attempts to emigrate to Canada with her husband and daughter. However, during a night out, the Commander has sex with Kate in a manner that is probably not intended for pregnancy. I more or less said, 'Do what you like. The link between apocalypse and infertility is a common one.