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However, a couple things turned me off. First, It was written in 1982. Other than computers and the internet, there is perhaps no field that has changed more rapidly in the past 18 years than movies. Therefore, the entire book just felt very very dated. Goldman makes constant references to "current" films, many of which turned out to be complete flops or are now unfamiliar altogether. Also, he has a rather amusing habit of making predictions about the future of American cinema, American tastes, and future events in general. Most of them turned out to be completely off base. Finally, there's no question that Mr. Goldman has a huge ego. Perhaps much of that is well-deserved, and he tries to temper it with humble self depreciation, but it still comes across loud and clear. I found that rather off-putting.
Overall, there were parts of this book that I very much enjoyed, and I'm looking forward to reading Which Lie Did I Tell This Time, hoping it will be a more up-to-date version of Adventures in the Screen Trade.
Goldman has a style that is as earnest as all heck, emphatic, breezy, engaging, flippant, a little high schoolish-but that plays. He thinks very highly of himself, but he is also a modest man. (Reasonable combination.) He trashes some people here, lionizes some others, but bottom line, he's not afraid to reveal himself, foibles and all. His two main rules of Hollywood are: NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING and SCREENPLAYS ARE STRUCTURE (his caps). He means that nobody knows ahead of time what is going to be a successful movie, and it's a mistake to think that screenplays are mainly dialogue (I used to think that) because what really counts is the structure.
Part One is about "Hollywood Realities" and it's the best part of the book: who controls whom and what, the pecking order, etc. Part Two he calls "Adventures" and it's about what it was like making some of the movies he was involved in; and remember Goldman wrote some top drawer films: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), All the President's Men (1976), to name a couple. This part is also very good. Part Three he calls "Da Vinci" from the title of a short story he wrote as a young man that he turns into a screen play for the edification of his readers. The story is a dog and the screenplay not very readable, but it's good textbook stuff. A highlight is George Roy Hill's acidic comments on the script.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Wendy M. Grossman
--freelance journalist and author
His in-depth explanation of the planning of the "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" screenplay is a must read for anyone looking to work in movies.
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Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Since reading it, I have read several books along the same lines, but none have been able to top Goldman's classic. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 1999 von Douglas Silversten
That's the way a book about scriptwriting looks when the author is in the know. Although based mainly on 60s and 70s stuff the information gathered and delivered is still valid (I... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 1. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
Fascinating, in-depth, irreverent, funny, inspiring...
Although he often bites the hand that feeds him, Goldman gives a stirring account of back-lot Hollywood, and how it... Lesen Sie weiter...