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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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However, when he went into the general business of the movie industry, he lost focus often and delved mostly into toothless bitching.

In Book, Mamet Is Bambi to Hollywood’s Godzilla

I finally got a lot of questions answered about his ambiguous chauvinism and his views on women and writing for women. At a bit more than pages this is certainly an enjoyable book to read. The sleeping pill is occasional rather than regular, as one does not wish to leave the shoot addicted.

He who rides, decides. While dismissing critics, this book is a critique. Facebook Savid Flipboard Email. 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 honesty of Mamet and the grim resolve formed after dealing with the movie making process comes through in every chapter, in every essay.

The American icon, for me, is Rosie the Riveter.

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

Lists with This Book. May 21, H added it Shelves: I have no idea why he needs to denigrate American talent in this way, as there is not much to support some of his opinions.

I am never, mamft gonna even try and explain anything about the show business, or screenwriting, or Jews, ever again.


Dec 30, Pages. Mark Twain wrote of U. The shoot included about five weeks of nights, and I have only myself to blame, as I wrote the damn thing. When the author indulges his ability to frolic away from the described path the path, the bamni path, to which the audience has vouchsafed its interestthe less interested the audience becomes.

Otherwise, it’s merely ok. The aesthetic distance had been violated.

David Mamet’s Bambi vs. We took off our “audience” hat and put on our “judge” hat. Godzilla is laugh out loud funny and something I intend to read again. How is a screenplay like a personals ad? Mamet is a wonderful cynic and can teach all inspiring cynics a trick or two, but his anger and vehemence feels misdirected and chained. He is called back for one more case and, in attempting its solution, is forced to resolve the underlying cause of disruption. Whose opinion matters when revising a mamft His writing, though, was a little extravagant and bombastic, as well as, at times, inaccessible, but I was with him in what he had to say on the subject of film and the entertainment industry.

Whom is the film “by”? This reduction includes legitimate business oversight, and may even extend, I have been told, to actual malversation of funds. 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 vvs to be someone who defended the artist and thought it important that those who make films maintain a level of respect for the audience and what the audience wants from a film.

And even though we missed the first few minutes, we were all immediately hooked. As, in fact, the studios do now, shooting, I believe, the majority majet American films elsewhere.


But when he’s on, he’s on – and America’s foremost playwright has piercing observations on the art and business of film. This is the form we learn at Mother’s knee, and it is the form we apply in order to understand bzmbi.

Is it possible to engross the audience when the end of the quest is already known?

For any business folk in any business would be glad to take the workers’ work for nothing—they, in fact, consider it their right. The films that Mamet references are mainly American and British classics.

Fast-forward to Saturday evening after grilling and eating a feast for my parents and other family members. But for the rest babmi us, Mamet speaking truth to Hollywood makes for searingly enjoyable reading. On the set, the male director is traditionally addressed as “sir. As far as how the business operates and how it Bambi vs.

May 28, Aaron France rated it liked it Recommends it for: Most of these were published elsewhere and are available via google search, but a centralized collection is worth the investment.

That cause is revealed to be not his behavior, in any given instance, and not the supposed “crime” for, physiologically, he, the hero, and we, the viewer, must know himself to fs the perpetrator but his relationship to his parents. The mouth waters at the prospect of a delicious meal; the palms sweat in anticipatory delight of sex.

Mar 28, Todd rated it it was ok Shelves: Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Dec 30, Pages Buy.