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Adventures in the Screen Trade Hardcover – 30 Mar 1983
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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.
His most famous and important quote? "Nobody Knows Anything" Is as true now as it was 30 years ago.
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in a career in film making and everyone interested in film.
The major part of the book is memoir about working in Hollywood as a screenwriter but he talks about many other aspects of the industry from his perspective. We get to hear the inside dope on stars and directors. Sure, this book was written in 1982 but we can assume a lot of what he says remains true... and the names he mentions are big enough to be instantly recognisable today.
I was all set to give the book five stars as I reached the final pages of the book. And then something almost miraculous happened: it got better. The final section gives you a short story of Goldman's and he takes you through the process of creating a screenplay for a short film based on that story. And then he interviews people (a production designer, cinematographer, director and more) as to how they would approach their aspect of making this proposed film. It's a brilliant insight into how films are made. I put the book down with three times as much passion for films as I had when I began. I think I will watch films with new eyes now.
I always knock a review down to four stars, at most, if I finish a book feeling something could be improved. I can't recall the last five star review I gave. I give this five stars without hesitation.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I am going off to buy Goldman's follow up book, "Which Lie Did I Tell". Unfortunately it's not available from Amazon UK. However, there are some related sellers supplying second hand copies. It is not hard for me to take a risk on them.
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