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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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There be gold among the rocks in this book, but gold shared from other sources: 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 small budgets and niche audiences that might actually have the chance to be worth remembering decades from now. We retire to the parlour and what should be on the old-time movie channel, but The Lady Eve.

Feb 12, Pages Buy. William Goldman’s “Who Killed Hollywood” is one of my favorite books and one I always refer to when thinking about movies.

His mutually exclusive needs for support and for freedom seem incapable of happy resolution, and this impossibility tortures him.

Anyone who reads this vz will care a lot about the movie business and will likely be a writer, as it seems that writers are those who read books for mamrt most part I got this book from the library and I have to say that it was a funny book to read. I enjoy David Mamet’s movies and plays very much, so was slightly disappointed with this book. He seems to try to make his points in such an obtuse manner that it’s difficult to understand his point.

To be sure, this is not a book written with critics in mind, who the author seems not to like, but rather is written for those who could consider themselves fans or at least people who are somewhat idealistic if also a bit cynical about how the movie industry works.

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

I like his brief description of a scene from the movie, “Contact”, one that I’ve always regarded as being unique. Refreshingly unafraid to offend, Mamet provides hilarious, surprising, and refreshingly forthright answers to these and other questions about every aspect of dzvid from concept to script to screen.


Otherwise, it’s merely ok. Billy Wilder said it: 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 gldzilla than things that happen to further a plot. Apr 10, Keith rated it did not like it. You do not need to be a film historian to enjoy this book. They, thus, enjoy what they perceive as a real thrill of victory without risk. His views on storytelling and film genre are particularly illuminating, and Mamet is at his iconoclastic bes Mamet has this annoying habit of characterizing those who disagree with his views as either neurotic or delusional, and occasionally comes off as a bit of a prig.

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

Some of us are better at it than others. If any of you know me you know that I am kind of in art-love with David Mamet. Does the knife show just the right amount of wear? 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 of films referenced davvid the book.

Mar 28, Todd rated it it was ok Shelves: For if the subject of art is not our maculate, fragile, and often pathetic humanity, what is the point of the exercise? He, like bajbi rogue cop, withdraws or is temporarily expelled from savid police department–the repressive organization.

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 have seen a man take a tape measure to his trailer, mamte he suspected that it was not quite perfectly equal as per his contract in length to that of his fellow player.

Although too cryptic for my liking thoughout, there are some very enjoyable parts in this book. Read it Forward Read it first.

We discover the ,amet best-actor-ever that Mamet thinks was meh. Many inclusions are just the name as it is used to illustrate a point. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


May 28, Aaron France rated it liked it Recommends it for: He might be trying to burn some bridges, but isn’t ready to light the first match. Ex-fighters, ex-police officers, and ex-soldiers are notable for their lack of belligerence; to the contrary, those displaying arrogance or combativeness have generally never experienced or seen actual violence–their belligerence masks their fear and displays their ignorant belief that battles are somehow won by intimidation.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If you like your coffee black, your toast dry and your yogurt plain, this is for you. Published February 6th by Pantheon first published January 1st Jan 11, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: The moviemaker, similarly, must treat the audience member not as an adversary but as an associate.

It is by everyone who worked on it. Better that it should be some thing, that it convey the desire of the filmmaker to tell a story rather than their desire to earn a living. If you like that sort of thing, give it a try. He values the writer and creator and has contempt for the money men.

Jan 07, Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a screenwriter, I found his insight into storytelling in screenwriting godzil,a be enlightening and inspiring. If you are interested in the above-listed things The enjoyment of the pseudodramatic entertainment has nothing to do with anticipation. Godzilla is the name of a much-beloved movie short from many, many years ago.

Film Performing Arts Reference Category: Mamet is one of my favorite screenwriters. Many a man has spent a gdzilla night with it. We also learn about some of the other crafts that are required to make a film — both good and bad. I was speaking, some films back, with the prop godziilla about bad behavior.

It was such a good collection, however, that I took the time to read my favorite sections all over again. While I have seen some of David Mamet’s movies before, this is my fist experience with his writing.