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Well written account from a premier screen writer,
This review is from: Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood (Paperback)
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.