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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Mar 28, Mxmet rated it it was ok Shelves: Each is an assertion of an individual’s understanding of his right to joy; none, finally, is capable of analysis.

I like his brief description of a scene from t A good line: In a series of trenchant, witty, cutting, and brief essays, Mamet lays out what is fairly obvious but probably bears repetition: This is the meaning of the term of art “net profits,” which may be loosely translated as mameet, ha. As far as how the business operates and how it Bambi vs. Godzilla ] is dacid and angry and intemperate and passionate enough to tell the truth about movies.

In Book, Mamet Is Bambi to Hollywood’s Godzilla

We soon learn who producers are and what it is that they do. What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: The Enduring Vision of Norman Mailer.

Aug 02, Carlo rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Feb 12, Pages Buy. Time after time I found myself wishing that he’d slow down, give more examples, and go deeper. As a screenwriter, I found his insight into storytelling in screenwriting to be enlightening and inspiring. Overlooked in the transaction, however, is the imaginary nature of the presentation.


For they have signed on to follow his journey in anticipation, glee, and dread. I was speaking, some films back, with the prop master about bad behavior. In the practice of machine maintenance, he has found and Shute closes with the notion that he may have become God.

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But you also realize what a genius brain is inhabiting godizlla blue-collar segments of the film world and how. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: 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.

It is all fascinating.

If you like your coffee black, your toast dry and your yogurt plain, this is for you. In it, Mamet manages to relate his experiences in the world of movie making. Despite the simple approach, you will learn a lot about Mamet through the essays. This is not a picayune instance but, in my experience, the industry norm. On Saturday morning I read the first pages.

The dramatist begins with a theme, or questand endeavors to describe its progression in ostensibly unconnected actions and images that will, at the quest’s conclusion, be revealed as unified, and that revealed unity will simply state the theme, which revelation will–just as, theoretically, Psychoanalysis is an attempt to discern in ostensibly unconnected actions and images a simple, hidden, unifying theme and, as such, may be seen as the absolute and perfect inversion of the dramatist’s work.

Young or old it will read well. Read it Forward Read it first. It also has a strong sense of nostalgia to it: The unions, in addition to protecting their membership against the money, must also protect them against their own love of the job. Why are there so many producers listed in movie credits? Godzilla From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: Godzillaplease sign up.


Others are a brief in-text synopsis to add emphasis to a point or thought.

There is a two-tier system in the movies, just as there is in the military. How is a screenplay like a personals ad? This is astonishing, because he then names Kubrick’s The Killing as the greatest film noir.

His writing is crisp and to the point.

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

bzmbi The viewer rewards hiimself for his compassion for a fictional victim. The body doesn’t want to get up, having had so little sleep; the body doesn’t want to shut down and go to sleep at ten o’clock in the morning. The director, the star players, the producer, and the writer are above the line; everyone else is below.

On the set, the male director is traditionally addressed as “sir. A bracing, no-holds-barred examination of the strange contradictions of Tinseltown, Bambi vs. To ask other readers questions about Bambi vs. 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.

Those interested in the movie business. Feb 12, Pages. 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.

The crew is working in the service of an ideal. We are experiencing technical difficulties. David Mamet’s entire career is a joke played on society.

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