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Adventures in the Screen Trade

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"Nobody knows anything." William Goldman has given us these three simple words to sum up the backroom chatter and deal making that goes on between studio executives trying to figure out why one movie becomes a hit and another tanks. Of course there is no solution, or else many a screenwriter would be out of business. With humbleness, wit, and sarcasm, Goldman gives us an unusual glimpse into the craft of screenwriting. Both of these volumes offer up a wildly incisive look at the writing process for the major studios as well as a cautionary tale for those foolish enough to want to take a stab at screenwriting. Adventures in the Screen Trade also contains the full script of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, while Which Lie Did I Tell? boasts an unproduced original screenplay called The Big A, which rumors say Robert Rodriguez used as a template for his Spy Kids films.
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"Nobody knows anything." William Goldman has given us these three simple words to sum up the backroom chatter and deal making that goes on between studio executives trying to figure out why one movie becomes a hit and another tanks. Of course there is no solution, or else many a screenwriter would be out of business. With humbleness, wit, and sarcasm, Goldman gives us an unusual glimpse into the craft of screenwriting. Both of these volumes offer up a wildly incisive look at the writing process for the major studios as well as a cautionary tale for those foolish enough to want to take a stab at screenwriting. Adventures in the Screen Trade also contains the full script of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, while Which Lie Did I Tell? boasts an unproduced original screenplay called The Big A, which rumors say Robert Rodriguez used as a template for his Spy Kids films.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, and other films...into the plush offices of Hollywood producers...into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman...and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay.

Review:

"Irreverent, vastly entertaining....Goldman makes enough provocative statements in every chapter to keep any reader engrossed. And those who — in spite of Goldman's warnings — long to be screenwriters anyway, can glean valuable advice." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Fascinating...Goldman's candor here is both amusing and moving. His book is surprising, refreshing and informative. I cannot recommend it too highly." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"A celebration and a sharp analysis of the screenwriter's art...gossipy enough to enchant the customers in the balcony, but it is also authoritative and outspoken." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Insider anecdotes, zesty bias, cynical wisdom, and the-way-it-really-is atmosphere; must reading for savvy followers of the commercial movie-biz scene." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A nuts and bolts account — shrewd, practical, economical....We feel we have got the hang of the trade." The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN:
9780446391177
Author:
Goldman, William
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture plays
Subject:
Motion picture industry
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Screenwriters; Writers; Motion pictures; Filmmaking; Celebrities; Actors; Motion picture producers; Hollywood; Personal narratives
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19890331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1.25 in 1.12 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

"Nobody knows anything." William Goldman has given us these three simple words to sum up the backroom chatter and deal making that goes on between studio executives trying to figure out why one movie becomes a hit and another tanks. Of course there is no solution, or else many a screenwriter would be out of business. With humbleness, wit, and sarcasm, Goldman gives us an unusual glimpse into the craft of screenwriting. Both of these volumes offer up a wildly incisive look at the writing process for the major studios as well as a cautionary tale for those foolish enough to want to take a stab at screenwriting. Adventures in the Screen Trade also contains the full script of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, while Which Lie Did I Tell? boasts an unproduced original screenplay called The Big A, which rumors say Robert Rodriguez used as a template for his Spy Kids films.

"Staff Pick" by ,

"Nobody knows anything." William Goldman has given us these three simple words to sum up the backroom chatter and deal making that goes on between studio executives trying to figure out why one movie becomes a hit and another tanks. Of course there is no solution, or else many a screenwriter would be out of business. With humbleness, wit, and sarcasm, Goldman gives us an unusual glimpse into the craft of screenwriting. Both of these volumes offer up a wildly incisive look at the writing process for the major studios as well as a cautionary tale for those foolish enough to want to take a stab at screenwriting. Adventures in the Screen Trade also contains the full script of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, while Which Lie Did I Tell? boasts an unproduced original screenplay called The Big A, which rumors say Robert Rodriguez used as a template for his Spy Kids films.

"Review" by , "Irreverent, vastly entertaining....Goldman makes enough provocative statements in every chapter to keep any reader engrossed. And those who — in spite of Goldman's warnings — long to be screenwriters anyway, can glean valuable advice."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...Goldman's candor here is both amusing and moving. His book is surprising, refreshing and informative. I cannot recommend it too highly."
"Review" by , "A celebration and a sharp analysis of the screenwriter's art...gossipy enough to enchant the customers in the balcony, but it is also authoritative and outspoken."
"Review" by , "Insider anecdotes, zesty bias, cynical wisdom, and the-way-it-really-is atmosphere; must reading for savvy followers of the commercial movie-biz scene."
"Review" by , "A nuts and bolts account — shrewd, practical, economical....We feel we have got the hang of the trade."
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