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Adventures in the Screen Trade Hardcover – Mar 1984


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  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd; First British Edition edition (Mar. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356100758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356100753
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the real Hollywood. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

William Goldman's book is the best I have read on Hollywood. (DAILY MAIL)

Fast and witty...a brave and very funny book. (Time Out) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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William Goldman was a screenwriter on such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
Here William Goldman disects the entire film industry and shares with you his experiences alongside his thoughts. This book really is a must-read for anyone interested in joining the industry, especially through screenwriting. It exposes different of media characters step-by-step, from directors to make-up. I was reccomended this book during my time at university, and it really is a most useful and relevant guide to the reader.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2000
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Another warm and funny look at the film industry. I read the sequel ("Which lie did I tell")before reading this one, and found that there was a bit of overlap between the two, but that was fine. Lots of anecdotes, more Hollywood gossip, entertaining and informative. I've just ordered his latest ("The Big Picture"). Anyone with an interest in movies should read this, whether or not you want to make a career of it...still, he gives some useful tips and hints for those of you who cherish dreams of breaking into the industry...
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This book was bought as a gift. It is not the book's content that is at issue but the quality of the publication. It is printed on very poor grade paper (including the cover) and the quality of the print was awful - very black ink for the most part and some letters smudgy. I offered to return it but the person who received it was nevertheless happy to keep and read it. But I was disappointed to give this as a present and would have expected Amazon to make sure that the fabric of the books they sell were of good quality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 1998
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William Goldman removes some of the veil of mystery that surrounds the movie industry in this remarkably humorous and easy to read work. In it, he not only lets the reader look into the mind of the screen writer, but he offers a quick view into the minds of others in the industry, from stars to studio executives. Goldman's language choices for this book seem to be engineered to make it of interest to those who have been involved in the process of making movies, but still with basic language and definitions that enable those wha are completely ignorant of the subject follow along. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this book is a section in which a short story is presented, converted into a screenplay, and confronted with the difficulties of turning the printed word into live-action film. A definite must-read for every movie nut, or aspiring writer.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "jaguar00" on 28 Dec. 2002
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William Goldman account of how and why Hollywood works. Written in 1982 it has stood the test of time, even if the top 10 box office stars that he talks about have not quite made it (burt reynolds, ryan o'neal etc)
Goldman vividly describes how he works in a never dull way. Often indiscreet and opinionated - in one of his down moments he predicts, nay guarantees the film that would win the following years oscar because it was a comic book film which was all that Hollyood seemed to want to produce, he was describing E.T - the eventual winner was Gandhi, hardly comic book.
The final third of the book is the short story, built into screenplay called Da Vinci. A slightly bizzare concept of an artistic barber is critiqued by some leading Hollywood players.
Really good effort.
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I read this book because I was writing a screenplay. It is the best guide for doing it--it is not at all a guide. It is more like an apprenticeship with a crochety, eccentric uncle who knows everyone and everything but you don't appreciate that until you have listned to teh apparently irrelevant stories and find that it does all add up to an incredible collection of wisdom and good humour.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2000
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This is a great book by any standards. It's about film, for sure, but a lot more besides - it's about what moves us and entertains us, about how we behave, about perception and reality, about What We Know... file next to Pauline Kael in your 'great film writing' section.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dalea11 on 31 Dec. 2013
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Part autobiography, part gossip column, part screen-writing guide - this is a fascinating book that you just won't be able to put down at times. As a multiple award-winning screenwriter, Goldman knows his craft and has created a beautifully written book on his experiences as a writer in the world of film-making. An absorbing, page-turning read.
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