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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; 2Rev Ed edition (7 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034910705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349107059
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,030 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)

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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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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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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Excellent! Fascinating incite into Hollywood, the people and the making of the films. Some new stories that I have never heard before from the very centre of the action. A 'must have' for anyone with an interest in the business.
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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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There are only two books so enjoyable I've never wanted them to end, Alan Jay Lerner's autobiography "The Street where I live", and this.

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.
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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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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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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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