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Which Lie Did I Tell?: More 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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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information.

If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery — it's in here. Or why Linda Hunt's brilliant work in Maverick didn't make the final cut — William Goldman gives you the straight truth. Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse — William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows. Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made.

Review:

"[Which Lie Did I Tell?] is a leisurely and perceptive look at movies and scripts and how they happen from a master of the trade." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Aspirants and aficionados alike ought to be queuing up outside bookstores all over America to lay hands on Which Lie Did I Tell? It's that good." The Washington Post

Synopsis:

From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information.

If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery-it's in here. Or why Linda Hunt's brilliant work in Maverick didn't make the final cut-William Goldman gives you the straight truth. Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse-William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows. Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made.

About the Author

William Goldman has been writing books and movies for forty-five years. He has won three Lifetime Achievement awards for screenwriting, two Screenwriter of the Year awards, two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and one English Academy Award. His novels include Marathon Man, which has made him very famous in dentists' offices around the world, Boys and Girls Together, The Temple of Gold, and The Princess Bride. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375703195
Author:
Goldman, William
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture authorship
Subject:
Motion picture industry
Subject:
Screenwriters
Subject:
Hollywood
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture industry -- United States.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
film;screenwriting;memoir;writing;movies;non-fiction;biography;hollywood;cinema;autobiography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 5
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.01x5.22x.92 in. .79 lbs.

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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.

"Review" by , "[Which Lie Did I Tell?] is a leisurely and perceptive look at movies and scripts and how they happen from a master of the trade."
"Review" by , "Aspirants and aficionados alike ought to be queuing up outside bookstores all over America to lay hands on Which Lie Did I Tell? It's that good."
"Synopsis" by , From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information.

If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery-it's in here. Or why Linda Hunt's brilliant work in Maverick didn't make the final cut-William Goldman gives you the straight truth. Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse-William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows. Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made.

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