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 . Read “Bambi vs. Godzilla On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business” by David Mamet with Rakuten Kobo. From the Academy.

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In Book, Mamet Is Bambi to Hollywood’s Godzilla

His writing is crisp and to the point. David Mamet and Shawn Ryan: The author gave us about fifty short essays that were divided into eight categories: The Films of Robert Wise. 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.

GodzillaDavid Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives us an exhilaratingly subversive inside look savid Hollywood from the perspective of a filmmaker who has always played the game his own way. This is not a picayune instance but, in my experience, the industry norm.

After this come some rather humorous discussion on genre, including the cop movie, film noir, religious films, and the author’s thoughts on sequels. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Grant’s personal memoirs that they were so well written as to make one wonder who was going to win the Civil War. This is an added bonus, as the reader will probably come away with a new “must-see” list.


If you like your coffee black, your toast dry and your yogurt plain, this is for you. The View from the Bridge. Nov 20, Alicia rated it did not like it Shelves: He tells us who his favorite actors and what his favorite movies are, who he thinks is the most perfect actor to grace the screen, and who he thinks should never have appeared there.

In fact, he goes overboard on some very mediocre British talent throughout the volume. Roger Ebert’s Four Star Reviews In those three acts we saw a masterful story with great acting and great writing.

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

No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! The filmmaker’s job is not to ,amet to them but to make his vision coherent. His style is terse and no-nonsense, and he brings his wit and years of acquired wisdom to a tell-all commentary on the movie industry.

Selected Writings of Pauline Kael. Open David Mamet’s new book to almost any page, and you’ll find gems and grenades about the movie business. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. The Great Movies II.

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

As someone who is both a prolific critic of books as well as a prolific writer of original material including quite a few playsI am not sure the extent to which I am considered as a member of one category of reader or another. May 21, H added it Shelves: See What Can Be Done. Books by David Mamet. Also, we know of Pharaoh that he taxed the Israelites with harsh and unremitting labor, having them make bricks to build his palaces.


We soon learn who producers are and what it is that they do. And others are a lengthy dissection of a movie, a scene, or even just a shot.

As far as how the business operates and how it Bambi vs. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: There are no mamst topics on this book yet. Mar 09, Jason rated it liked it.

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So it is with the writing of the screenplay.