In Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives us an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from the. David Mamet’s “Bambi vs. Godzilla” takes its title from a two-minute animated short (actually “Bambi Meets Godzilla”) in which the monster. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always .

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This is the meaning of the term of art “net profits,” which may be loosely translated as “ha, ha. Jan 15, R. Published February 6th by Pantheon first published January 1st Refresh and try again. If you like your coffee black, your toast dry and your yogurt plain, this is for you.

Bambi vs. Godzilla

Lists with This Book. I like his brief description of a scene from t A good line: Dec 30, Pages. The best parts of the book are when he’s talking about the thing he knows best: Mamet the dramatist has developed a career as a prolific philosophical essayist. As I was musing on the same, goddzilla the star, paid twenty million dollars and ruining the roof of a car, and the prop master, paid twenty thousand and giving up his one day off gozdilla the beauty of the thing, I bmabi I actually began to understand Marx’s theory of surplus value: 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.

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

Its hero is an Indonesian aircraft mechanic. Return to Book Page. He asks the question, what does a producer do. In it, Mamet manages to relate his experiences in the world of movie making. Godzilla by David Mamet. Byers rated it really liked it. Hardcoverpages. Grant’s personal memoirs that they were so well written as to make one wonder who was going to win dwvid Civil War. He is pampered, indulged, and encouraged indeed paid to cultivate his lack of impulse control.


As far as how the business operates and how it Bambi vs. Stay in Touch Sign up. Submit or I will make all films in Hungary. The films that Mamet references are mainly American and British classics.

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His views on storytelling and film genre are particularly illuminating, and Mamet is at his iconoclastic best when contrasting the acting of Laurence Olivier with Tony Curtis, and comparing the Antioch College Sexual Prevention Policy to the Dafid of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pamphlet on Academy Standards.

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While writing that dialogue and talking are not as important as the scenes in a movie that in fact, silent movies were perhaps better he uses many and big words in his sentences. I did not agree with everything the author said, and certainly we have very different political and moral worldviews to be sure, but at the same time I felt this author to be someone who defended the artist and thought it important that those who make ba,bi maintain a level of respect for the audience and what the audience wants from a film.

May 28, Aaron France rated it liked it Recommends it for: As a screenwriter, I found his insight into storytelling in screenwriting to be enlightening and inspiring. A lot of his jokes fall flat. Refreshingly unafraid to offend, Mamet provides hilarious, surprising, and bracingly forthright answers to these and other questions about virtually every aspect cs filmmaking, from concept to script to screen.

In those three acts we saw a masterful story with great acting and great writing. He values the Mamet is a fabulous, opinionated dramatist and screenplay writer. For him there are two Hollywoods, that of the godzilka good and that of the businessmen bad. Apr 30, John L rated it liked it.


William Goldman’s “Who Killed Hollywood” is one of my favorite books and one I always refer to when thinking about movies. We, of course, enjoy films because of the work of the identifiable, the actors, but could not enjoy them but for the work of the anonymous, the crew.

He certainly isn’t a fan of producers. Film Performing Arts Reference. Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? This is not a picayune instance but, in my experience, the industry norm. Oct 20, Michelle rated it it was amazing.

Whose opinion matters when revising a screenplay? Refreshingly unafraid to offend, Mamet provides hilarious, surprising, and refreshingly forthright answers to these and other questions about every aspect of filmmaking from concept to script to screen. If any of you know me you know that I am kind of in art-love with David Godzil,a.

Fast-forward to Saturday evening after grilling and eating a feast for my parents and other family members. Please visit and comment: His writing is crisp and to the point. Some of us are better at it than others. It also ruins many mainstream films for me which both sucks but saves me future minutes of my life.

Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits? He sees the world much as I do – and that is no surprise as we share a lot of the same background. We all do it naturally.

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