Still Alice script
Still Alice (2014)
Synopsis: Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. When words begin to escape her and she starts becoming lost on her daily jogs, Alice must come face-to-face with a devastating diagnosis: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. As the once-vibrant woman struggles to hang on to her sense of self for as long as possible, Alice's three grown children must watch helplessly as their mother disappears more and more with each passing day.

A lectern has been set up in front of a projection screen.

About FORTY ACADEMICS are sitting, listening. Young,

confident, PROFESSOR JOHNSON is introducing Alice as shewaits at the side.

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PROFESSOR JOHNSON

Now in my dissertation I spent

about a chapter and a half fairly

vituperatively citing today’s guest

and saying why I thought she was

wrong...

The audience laughs, Alice as well.

PROFESSOR JOHNSON

For the record, every time Alice

and I have argued, she’s right.

Alice Howland is the Lillian YoungProfessor of Linguistics atColumbia University. She famouslywrote her seminal textbook, From

Neurons to Nouns, while raisingthree children - I’m sure gettingmore than a few “Ah-ha” moments

from them - and it is now

considered one of the cornerstones

of linguistics education all overthe world. Please welcome...Dr.

Alice Howland.

Warm applause from the assembled. Alice takes her placebehind the lectern.

ALICE:

Thank you. Thank you so much.

She taps a computer sitting on the lectern. A photo of anadorable, bright-eyed baby comes up on the screen behind her.

She launches into her talk with great self-assurance.

ALICE:

Most children speak and understand

their mother tongue before they

turn four, without lessons,

homework, or much in the way of

feedback. How do they accomplish

this remarkable feat? Well this is

a question that has interested

scientists at least since Charles

Darwin kept a diary of the early

language of his infant son. He

observed, “Man has an instinctive

tendency to speak, as we see in the

babble of our young children.”

She taps her computer - a photo of Charles Darwin comes up.

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ALICE:

Much has been learned since then

but today I’m going to show yousome recent studies from my lab inchildren between the ages ofeighteen months and two and a half

years.

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Richard Glatzer

Richard Glatzer was born on January 28, 1952 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on America's Next Top Model (2003), Still Alice (2014) and Pedro (2008). He was married to Wash Westmoreland. He died on March 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA. more…

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