Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood Paperback – 7 Mar 1996
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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)
About the Author
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.
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William Goldman was screenwriter on "A Bridge too far", "Princess Bride", "Butch Cassidy", "All the President's men" and "Marathon Man". Apropos this is a witty, observant and very readable bible on the art of screenwriting, with it's most oft quoted line being
"Nobody knows anything...... Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work.
Every time out it's a guess and, if you're lucky, an educated one."
It deconstructs brilliantly the complex and necessarily reductive process of adapting a play/book/idea to the visual medium of the big screen. He explains how what works on the page will NOT work on screen, and how backstories and exposition can be subtly added by glances, actions and scenery.
The author's style is joyfully self deprecatory, with a wonderful hint of Borsch-belt witticisms. Buy it, read it and proudly mount on your bookshelf.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of information to take from this book... a book i keep returning to! Worth sharing with others!Published 13 months ago by Tilly85
great book, necessary reading for anyone who wants to write a screenplay - but enjoyable for any reader!Published 13 months ago by eleanor
This book was bought as a gift. It is not the book's content that is at issue but the quality of the publication. Read morePublished 18 months ago by greendolphin
A very interesting read. One needs to bear in mind the year it was written when reading it, however I presume it's the same for today with just a few zeros on the salaries. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Justathought
I've bought this book as a gift many times, it's brilliantly entertaining.Published 23 months ago by Cantwell_Books
Read it on hol then on a bus and two trains couldnt put it down. Wise funny and thought provokingPublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by pt
William Goldman is an excellent script writer. He has written a good book, too. It may be too personal, though.Published on 2 Feb. 2014 by Oleg Efimov