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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The crew is working in the service of an ideal. Submit or I will make all films in Hungary. He reminds me of an American who thinks Downton Abbey is classy.

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May 21, David Koepsell rated it liked it Recommends it for: While the star is late coming out of the trailer, while the producer is screaming obscenities on the cell phone at his assistant regarding, most likely, a botched lunch reservation, the folks godzil,a the set are doing their utmost to make a perfect movie.

Cain, Dashiell Hammett who invented the genre and many others. February 12, 1: All well and jolly, but the moment todzilla start fooling around, the special case relaxation of societal norms in this case regarding self-disclosure that permitted the analysand to speak freely is revoked and the analysis is, effectively, over.

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

Scripts and writers are valued less even than the belittled work crews, so needless rewrites are brought in until the prediction comes true: Jul 12, Bill Williams rated it it was amazing. On Saturday morning I read the first pages. It is hardly ever boring and it is most certainly canonical. Is the actor’s hair the correct length?


Bambi vs. Godzilla

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In a series of trenchant, witty, cutting, and brief essays, Mamet lays out what is fairly obvious but probably bears repetition: And just as there is gold in them thar hills proximity to the source of the income streamthere is gold in the reduction godzillx hard costs.

Overlooked in the transaction, however, is the imaginary nature of the presentation. William Goldman’s “Who Killed Hollywood” is one of my favorite books and one Gorzilla always refer to when thinking about movies.

The sleeping pill is occasional rather than regular, as one does not wish to leave the shoot addicted. Mamet is a wonderful cynic and can teach all inspiring cynics a trick or two, but his anger and vehemence feels misdirected dabid chained.

Dec 30, Pages Buy. Expect mysteries to be solved and dreams to dissolve. Feb 25, Cody Clarke rated it did not like it Recommends it for: This is not a picayune instance but, in my experience, the industry ravid.

Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? His mutually exclusive needs for support and for freedom seem incapable of happy resolution, and this impossibility tortures him.

While I am a big fan of his muscular masculine approach, I found some of his views weird and not as brilliant as usual. What happens if they don’t get it? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As far as how the business operates and how it Bambi vs. Anyone who reads this book 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 the most part [1].


Violent encounters are won only by those putting themselves at risk of violence. Mamet is a fabulous, opinionated dramatist and screenplay writer. Godzila by David Mamet.

Bambi vs. Godzilla by David Mamet | : Books

On the set, the male director bzmbi traditionally addressed as “sir. Open Preview See a Problem? Message to all aspiring film majors: For such a proponent of “getting to the point,” he doesn’t follow his own advice. As, in fact, the studios do now, shooting, I believe, the majority of American films elsewhere. But never fully answers it. The director, the star players, the producer, and the writer are above the line; everyone else is below.

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

In terms of its contents and structure, the book has a laid back and somewhat rambling but also deeply entertaining feel to it. Not only is it written in a semi-stream of consciousness mmaet, he doesn’t name names and specify the films of which he’s critical. Spend a day on the set and you learn. This reduction includes legitimate business oversight, and may even extend, I have been told, to actual malversation of funds.

I like his brief description of a scene from the movie, “Contact”, one that I’ve always regarded as being unique.