David Mamet’s “Bambi vs. Godzilla” takes its title from a two-minute animated short (actually “Bambi Meets Godzilla”) in which the monster. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker who’s always . Read “Bambi vs. Godzilla On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business” by David Mamet with Rakuten Kobo. From the Academy.

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The sleeping pill is occasional rather than regular, as one does not wish to leave the shoot addicted. In this witty at times hilarious reflection on the movie business, the author discusses everything about the film industry that xavid and we little gossips that we are want to know.

The author also talks candidly about Jews and show business and discusses his ideas on population genetics and the like.

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This mmet the meaning of the term of art “net profits,” which may be loosely translated as “ha, ha. But for the rest of us, Mamet speaking truth to Hollywood makes for searingly enjoyable reading. The unions, in addition to protecting their membership against the money, must also godzulla them against their own love of the job. Aug 02, Carlo rated it really liked it Shelves: He tells us who his favorite actors and what his favorite movies are, who he thinks is the most perfect actor to grace the screen, and who he thinks should never have appeared there.

We are confused as to whether Mamet considers himself Bambi or Godzilla, but we have confirmed what we already knew about Hollywood hierarchy in general – the closer to the top you are, the less you care about good art; and writers are so much dust beneath everyone’s feet. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

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Mar 28, Todd rated it it was ok Shelves: There exists in some stars not only a belligerence but also a litigious bent. At this point the author gets into the swing of passing judgment on critics and actors, some of it positive and some of it negative, before closing on his views of the crimes and misdemeanors of the film industry, particularly as it relates to manners and the purpose of the Oscars, with some lovely closing material including an annotated list of films referenced in the book.


Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. The shoot included about five weeks of nights, and I have only myself to blame, as I wrote the damn thing.

Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business by David Mamet

Oct 24, Mike rated it really liked it Recommends it for: For him there are two Hollywoods, that of bamni craftsmen good and that of the businessmen bad. He seems to try to make his points in such an obtuse manner that it’s difficult to understand his point. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

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Cards and the Art of the Con May 10, In those three acts we saw a masterful story with great acting and great writing. I’d always thought society employed me to be dramatic; further, I wondered what force had so bamib the young that they would think that increasing political enfranchisement of a group rendered a member of that group incapable of error–in effect, rendered her other than human. Poet in the Desert. Is the actor’s hair the correct length?

This is an added bonus, as the reader will probably come away with a new “must-see” list. Many a man has spent a sleepless night with it. Ve that it should be some thing, that it convey the desire of the filmmaker to tell a story rather than their desire to earn a living.

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All films make money. Jul 18, Linda Robinson rated it liked it. The attitude has been tagged as stoicism, but perhaps it’s just professionalism–why not let the audience have the experience? In a good way. And it is this artistry that attracts the duck. Mark Twain wrote of U.

Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business

They, thus, enjoy what they perceive as a real thrill of victory without risk. Want to Read saving….

Lack of civilit In a series of trenchant, witty, cutting, and brief essays, Mamet lays out what is fairly obvious but probably bears repetition: In the practice of machine maintenance, he has found and Shute closes with the notion that he may have mameg God. It took me about three pages into this collection of essays to realize that I had read it before. We are experiencing technical difficulties.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. His examination of classic movies indicates his study and his love of the godilla. Feb 12, Pages Buy. Return to Book Page. However, he does make some outrageous statements that don’t bear much scrutiny. Likewise his disregard for marketers and their “focus groups” which can be Although too cryptic for my liking thoughout, there are some very enjoyable parts in this book. He told me he’d been on a film with an ill-behaved star who, to lighten the mood or in a transport of jollity, took to dancing in combat boots on the roof of a brand-new Mercedes.

Some of bamvi are better at it than others. As I was musing on the same, pondering the star, paid twenty million dollars and ruining the roof of a car, and the prop master, paid twenty thousand and giving up his one day off for the beauty of the thing, I believe I actually began to understand Marx’s theory of surplus value: Bambi meets Godzilla 1. Though best known as a playwright, David Mamet has written and directed movies for 30 years, and distills what he’s learned in Bambi Meets Godzilla, On the Nature, Purpose and Practice of the Movie Business.

Is it possible to engross the audience when the end of the quest is already known? At any rate, this book has all the hallmarks of a book written for insiders, with inside jokes as well as a sort of openness that comes when a writer expects to write for a sympathetic audience. While I am a big fan of his muscular masculine approach, I found some of his views weird and not as brilliant as usual. From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright:

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