In Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives us an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from the. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always . Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Hollywood screenwriter David Mamet talks about his new book, Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature.

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Time after time I found myself wishing that he’d slow down, give more examples, and go deeper.

All films make money. It can also be a linguistic nicety—a film worker once explained to godzillz he’d been taught early on that “sir” means “asshole. At this point the author gets into the swing of passing judgment on critics and actors, some of it positive and some of it negative, before closing on his views of the crimes and misdemeanors of the film industry, particularly as it relates to manners and the purpose of the Oscars, with some lovely closing material including an annotated list godzillla films referenced in the book.

And others are a lengthy dissection of a movie, a scene, bambo even just a shot. Faced, as they often are, with intransigence, malfeasance, bad manners, and just plain stupidity on the part of the above-the-line, they react with impassivity.

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If you are interested in the above-listed things Mamet is one of my favorite screenwriters. So I reflect at the end of a rather challenging shoot.

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Jun 27, Morgan Stanton rated it liked it. One also gets through the day or night through a sense of responsibility to, and through a terror of failing, the workers around one.

For him there are two Hollywoods, that of the craftsmen good and that of the businessmen bad.

Bambi vs. Godzilla

Aug 28, Stark rated it it was amazing. But the book is broken into many many short chapters, many of which are just 3 or 4 pages long, so it was difficult for me to really settle in. For such a proponent of “getting to the point,” he doesn’t follow his own advice. Dialogue is inferior to picture in telling a film story. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Mar 27, David Maine rated it liked it. Heard on Talk of the Nation.

Film versions of TV shows excepting sci-fi 7. All well and jolly, but the moment they start fooling around, the special case relaxation of societal norms in this case regarding self-disclosure that permitted mamft analysand to speak freely is revoked and the analysis is, effectively, over.

The shoot included about five weeks of nights, and I have only myself to blame, as I wrote the damn thing. He is my favorite playwright and his movies always make me feel all giddy inside or immensely depressed which can be the same thing in some cases.

We soon learn who producers are and what it is that they do. No part of this godzipla may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

For this section, the book is a must read, as it explains the duties of a writer from a master of the craft. Fast-forward to Saturday evening after grilling and eating a feast for my parents and other family members. This reduction includes legitimate business oversight, and may even extend, I have been told, to actual malversation of funds. Cards and the Art of the Con May 10, His writing, though, was a little extravagant and bombastic, as well as, at times, inaccessible, but I was with him in what he had to say on the subject of film and the entertainment industry.

Byers rated it really liked it. I know the man is a good writer, but he flaunts this fact often throughout the first and last third of the book, using incredibly cryptic phrases, flowery paragraphs, and incessantly verbose thought patterns. The two scenes are viewed by the audience seconds apart but were shot months apart. The American icon, for me, is Rosie the Riveter. Submit or we shall strike. Feb 15, Lammoth rated it it was ok.

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