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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Violent encounters are won only by those putting themselves at risk of violence. Feb 12, Pages. Quotes from Bambi vs. I was taught early on that the dark secret of the movie business is this: Mamet is a fabulous, opinionated dramatist and screenplay writer.

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In a good way. The honesty of Mamet and the grim resolve formed after dealing with the movie making process comes through in every chapter, in every essay. Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Godzilla ] is funny and angry and intemperate and passionate enough to tell the truth about movies.

This is not a picayune instance mamrt, in my experience, the industry norm. Also by David Mamet. Mark Twain wrote of U. Godzillaan acerbic commentary on the movie business. There are no discussion topics godziilla this book yet.

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

Apr 10, Keith rated it did not like it. The crew is working in the service of an ideal. And, truth be told, this book is clearly written to an insider audience. While dismissing critics, this book is a critique. The moviemaker, similarly, must mamft the audience member not as an adversary but as an associate.


When the author indulges his ability to frolic away from the described path the path, the sole path, to which the audience has vouchsafed its interestthe less interested the audience becomes. I finally got a lot of questions answered about his ambiguous chauvinism and his views on women and writing for women. Does the knife show just the right amount of wear? They would, in American films, as in hard industry, be va chuffed gdzilla see the workers race each other to the bottom, and then, having impoverished them, take the work out vw the country.

Film Performing Arts Reference Category: Aug 28, Stark rated it it was amazing. The author also points out the stress and difficulties faced by people who want to make art in a world that values the bottom line and tends to want to make fewer and fewer films as time goes on in order to take fewer risks on films with mamwt budgets and niche audiences that might actually have the chance to be worth remembering decades from now.

I enjoy David Mamet’s movies and plays very much, so was slightly disappointed with this book. Preview — Bambi vs. May 28, Aaron France rated it liked it Recommends it for: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.


In Book, Mamet Is Bambi to Hollywood’s Godzilla : NPR

Oct 20, Michelle rated it it was amazing. So one recalls Nietzsche: Those interested in the movie business. The viewer rewards hiimself for his compassion for a fictional victim.

Is the actor’s hair the correct length? He reminds me of an American who thinks Downton Abbey is classy. We retire to the parlour and what should be on the old-time movie channel, but The Lady Eve.

Jun 27, Morgan Stanton rated it liked it. This reduction includes legitimate business oversight, and may even extend, I have been told, to actual malversation of funds. He seems to try to make his points in such an obtuse manner that it’s difficult to understand his point.

For in the practice of the movie crafts, we see the rampant American love of workmanship—and just as the true actor loves to act, the true carpenter or seamstress loves that perfect corner. Lack of civility and maturity in Hollywood executives lead to juvenile movies being greenlit, in which thrills torture, explosions, cheap laughs become the reason for the film rather than things that happen to further a plot.