Bambi Vs. Godzilla

Bambi Vs. Godzilla

On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

Book - 2007
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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 perspective of a filmmaker who has always played the game his own way.

Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? How is a screenplay like a personals ad? Whose opinion matters when revising a screenplay? Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits? And what the hell do those producers do, anyway? Refreshingly unafraid to offend, Mamet provides hilarious, surprising, and bracingly forthright answers to these and other questions about virtually every aspect of filmmaking, from concept to script to screen.

He covers topics ranging from "How Scripts Got So Bad" to the oxymoron of "Manners in Hollywood." He takes us step-by-step through some of his favorite movie stunts and directorial tricks, and demonstrates that it is craft and crew, not stars and producers, that make great films. 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.

Demigods and sacred cows of the movie business--beware! But for the rest of us, Mamet speaking truth to Hollywood makes for searingly enjoyable reading.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780375422539
0375422536
Characteristics: xii, 250 p
Alternative Title: Bambi versus Godzilla

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Nov 22, 2017

Mamet’s psychoanalytic deconstruction of the Hollywood movie business. Mamet himself is dedicated to drama, and he goes to some length to compare and contrast drama with the product that Hollywood produces. The two rarely meet, and we have to want to participate in Hollywood’s product and demise in order to believe we share something in common with its insipid nonsense. Aside from the Freudian analysis, Mamet takes us on a tour of the craft and how movies are made. Recommended.

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